B.E.G. tackles sensitive architectural challenge with intelligent lighting

Building controls specialist B.E.G. has helped deliver an integrated lighting control strategy to a college at one of the finest universities in the world.

Cambridge University’s St John’s College, which has some parts dating back to the 1200s, needed a lighting control solution as part of its New Court building refurbishment.

The controls were required to reduce operating costs, whilst minimising light pollution and meeting the needs of its architectural sensitivities.

Cambridge-based Baulogic Limited, which designs, installs and maintains building controls, in conjunction with B.E.G., undertook a site survey and, because of the building’s unusual design, it chose B.E.G.’s wall mounted Indoor 180 KNX detector.

Mark Gedrych, Director at Baulogic Limited, said: “Most of the lobby spaces on either side of the central spiral staircase have tall cathedral ceilings, with archways between each area, neither of which we were allowed to touch.

“That’s why we selected the B.E.G. wallmounted KNX 180 detectors for these areas, mounted at 2.4m off the floor, and chose frames that were colour-matched to the paint colour which had been selected by interior designers Eve Waldren Design.

“The overall effect is very pleasing because the detectors blend nicely into the renovated 1830s’ neo-Gothic spaces whilst still providing excellent coverage to catch Fellows and guests as they exit their rooms surrounding the lobby spaces on all sides.”

In a few areas, B.E.G. used the ceiling mounted detector PD4 KNX SM, which gives coverage of up to 24m diameter. When fine tuning the detection areas, some detectors were fitted with lens shields to prevent lights being triggered by passers-by.

Stephen Payne, Systems Sales Manager at B.E.G. said: “We are delighted to have worked with Baulogic Limited in one of the most successful and prestigious universities in the world.

“There were some interesting challenges as this celebrated college building had certain unique features, such as the archways. Between B.E.G. and Baulogic Limited, we came up with a tailored solution that provided a fantastic lighting solution for St John’s College which will reduce its running costs and limit its light pollution.”

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