City, University of London Chooses Thorn Lighting for Renovation Project

Thorn Lighting worked closely with Halsion Building Services Engineers to create an LED lighting solution for the redesign of the City, University of London. Thorn reports that the installation delivers maximum performance, requires low maintenance, and provides high energy savings. Furthermore, the design works in harmony with the new, refreshed facility.

City, University of London serves as a public research university based in the heart of London, which adds significantly to the academic, cultural, and business sectors of the Capital. The goal of the renovation was to construct a new main entrance complex, as well as improve pedestrian and vehicle flow, and expand the student facilities at the main Northampton Square campus.

Architects NBBJ worked closely with the University to transform the estate and adapt the structure in a way that stays true to its
initial concept.

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The scheme incorporated a new pavilion, the main University building, and the hub building. The new pavilion blends into the Northampton Square and Hat and Feathers’ Conservation Area. The design emphasizes the striking concrete structure of the original 1960s University Hall.

The original University Hall now seemingly hovers above the newly constructed arrival space. The Harvard style lecture theatre offers natural light and carefully calibrated acoustics.

Thorn Equaline LED luminaires at lecture room of City, University of London

Thorn Equaline LED luminaires at lecture room of City, University of London

Thorn’s Equaline Linear LED luminaires illuminate the primary areas of the building. Thorn says that the Equaline Linear’s mixture of very good glare control and a sleek shape generates a comfortable environment for the teachers and students passing through the buildings. Equaline comes with a choice of flexible mounting options and the architects chose suspended, recessed, and surface mounted models for the installation.

Thorn Equaline Surface Mounted luminaires at City, University of London

Thorn Equaline Surface-Mounted luminaires at City, University of London

As part of its on-going commitment to embedding sustainability in its activities and throughout its facilities City, University of London chose Thorn’s Chalice to replace traditional fluorescent downlights in circulation areas.

The replacement reduces energy usage for the lights by up to 60 percent and its long lifetime and reliability reduce the maintenance demands including overall maintenance costs.

Also, as a one-for-one replacement for single and twin T8/T5 fluorescent battens, the University deployed Thorn’s PopPack LED
in circulation areas. The PopPack operates with a total load of just 28W, 41W, or 60W, to deliver energy savings of up to 67% compared to conventional switch start fluorescents.

Additionally, the slim circular design of Novaline blends in perfectly with the building design and produces the proper light levels for the stairwells. Thorn says its Olsys illuminates the exterior of the facility and offers a wide range of configurations.

Thorn Novaline installed in stairwells at City, University of London

Thorn Novaline installed in stairwells at City, University of London

Designed according to the EN 60598-2-13 contact temperature specification, Mica luminaires bring additional illumination to surround the building.

The University enhanced the guidance and safety of the renovated areas with the installation of the ultra-slim Voyager LED exit sign throughout the narrower areas. Easy to install, Voyager features a three-hour duration of maintained or non-maintained operation along with interchangeable legends.

Ingo Braun, Design Director at NBBJ, said, “By upgrading this iconic brutalist building and removing some of the accretions of past decades we’ve given it a new lease of life and secured its future within City, University of London’s main campus, opening it up to a growing and changing audience. The new entrance and route through the building has transformed the building and underlines City, University of London’s position as a leading, global institution.”