21 September 2016

Spotlight beckons for Blavatnik and Radcliffe Camera

Two University buildings have been shortlisted for the 2016 Lux Awards – a prestigious set of industry prizes that recognise the best, most innovative new lighting systems installed each year.

The Blavatnik  School of Government and the Radcliffe Camera’s Lower Reading Room are  both in the running for the Office, Education and Healthcare Lighting Project of the Year award. The final results will be announced on November 24.

The lighting of the new Blavatnik School of Government is designed to soften and warm the building’s concrete interior, complementing the large amounts of natural light that flood into the structure in the daytime. Numerous energy-efficient features helped the building achieve its BREEAM Excellent rating and will cut running costs throughout its lifetime.

 In the Radcliffe Camera, meanwhile, the new LED lighting hasn’t just increased energy efficiency hugely, slashing total power load from 7kW to 3.1kW – it’s also added drama to the experience of working in the building.

The new system is 20% brighter and includes more architectural lighting, showing off the building’s interior to much greater effect – in particular its magnificent vaulted ceiling. It also features revamped emergency lighting and desk lights.