Educational establishments are complex, with many different activities taking place under one roof.  Here, Phil Brown, Product and Marketing Director at NVC Lighting, discusses the role that LED lighting can play in helping educational establishments significantly reduce energy costs and their carbon footprint, whilst also creating the optimal learning environment for pupils and staff.


The education sector is a dynamic and demanding environment, where the choice of lighting is more than just a practical consideration, it’s pivotal.  It’s not just about creating the right learning conditions to help improve student performance, safety, and well-being, but it’s also about how lighting can help schools and colleges tackle rising energy costs and enhance their sustainability credentials.

In recent years, commercial LED lighting solutions have emerged as the innovative choice for the sector, both in new build and refurbishment projects.  Those responsible for the specification process for new educational establishments, or facilities managers in charge of the buildings ongoing maintenance programme, have embraced LED lighting at a rapid rate.

The evolution in LED lighting technology ultimately reflects a strategic response to the evolving needs and priorities of modern schools, colleges, and universities.

One of the key drivers for this is the energy efficiency of LED lights.  They consume significantly less electricity compared to traditional incandescent or fluorescent fittings, which translates into substantial cost savings for educational buildings.  This can be into the tens of thousands of pounds per year dependent on the size of the building, so payback on investment might be a lot quicker than you think.

The long lifespan of LED solutions further reduces ongoing maintenance and replacement costs as well.  These huge energy savings have a massive impact on a building’s carbon footprint, significantly enhancing sustainability and environmental credentials.

Next are the benefits to the overall learning environment.  There are so many room types in an educational setting, from the classrooms and sports hall to the kitchens, science labs, reception area, exit doors and workshops, each of which will have its own lighting needs and requirements.

What’s critical is installing lighting that will improve academic performance, encourage concentration and engagement, and enhance the occupant’s mood and behaviour.  LED lighting offers superior quality and control, mimicking natural light more effectively than conventional options.

In classrooms for example, for compliance with BS EN 12464, illuminance at desk level should be 300-500 lux for most classrooms, with 0.6-0.7 uniformity.  Glare also needs to be considered carefully, which can prevent students from seeing their teacher, or the whiteboard, clearly.  Glare also prevents teachers from making eye-contact with pupils and in the worst case can cause headaches, tiredness, and absenteeism.

Reducing the contrast between ceiling and the light fittings is one way to reduce glare, with the unified glare rating (UGR) recommended to be <19.

The continuous advancement of LED technology means that fixtures can be integrated with lighting controls (smart wireless controls or wired DALI controls), allowing for the central management of lighting systems across multiple buildings.  This not only enhances energy efficiency, but it also enables facilities managers to tailor lighting scenarios to specific activities, intermittent occupancy levels, times of the day or seasons in the year.

Motion sensors and daylight harvesting features further optimise energy usage by automatically adjusting lighting levels based on occupancy and natural light availability.  If plenty of daylight is available, lighting controls can exploit this, but window rows in classrooms for instance need to be controlled separately from other rows.

For less supervised spaces, like corridors and changing rooms, the lighting solution must be robust, with fittings that feature a high IP rating (impact protection).  Changing rooms should have IP44 minimum, whilst kitchens and labs should have IP54 minimum.

There are also custom options available too like circadian lighting, which adjusts colour temperature throughout the day to optimise the learning environment for maximum productivity.

The significance of lighting though extends beyond academic achievement to encompass student and staff well-being and safety too, like preventing accidents or reducing dark spots (either inside or outdoors) that might present opportunities for bullying or anti-social behaviour.  The right lighting is also crucial for safety in car parks and on the paths.

Finally, LED lighting can and should be integrated with emergency lighting systems, ensuring educational buildings are fully prepared if a crisis occurs.

With such large and complex spaces with many different areas, some of which being restricted, special consideration needs to be given to how emergency fittings are tested.  There are manual and self-test options available, but these can be disruptive, therefore, the most practical is an addressable self-test.  This enables users to schedule testing in advance, so it takes place at a suitable time.

At NVC Lighting, we offer a complete end-to-end service for educational establishments, including site surveys and assessments, technical support, and design services.  Our commercial LED lighting products are high quality and UGR (glare) compliant, coupled with a seven-year warranty as standard.

What’s more, all our products are really easy to install and maintain and integrated with leading smart lighting control technology, systems can be managed effectively to maximise energy savings and positively impact student and staff performance, safety and well-being.


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An innovative manufacturer of steel lockers has scooped a UK first – and what it believes could be a world first – for its sector, by achieving carbon neutrality.

Locit, based in Deeside, has received PAS 2060 certification, which is deploying a holistic approach to reduce the environmental impact covering energy, supply chain, design, manufacture and packaging.

PAS 2060 is the internationally recognised specification for carbon neutrality published by the British Standards Institution (BSI). It demonstrates carbon neutrality claims are both credible and verified to increase accountability and consumer confidence.

It is a significant accomplishment for the SME manufacturer, which has booked almost £5m of sales in its first year’s trading to the end of September and has created 40 new jobs.

The rapid growth follows a £4m investment by Arete Capital Partners, a private capital investor, in 2022, who have backed Locit as a disruptor to the UK steel locker market valued at around £70 million.

Customers already using Locit’s premium locker brand, Pure Lockers, through its network of distributors and resellers, include Marks and Spencer, Primark, LEGOLAND, the British Open, Bulgari Hotel London, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and Northumbria Police.

Locit is led by CEO Richard Williams, a locker industry veteran of three decades who has realised his vision to create a sustainable business model focussed on digital manufacturing, innovation, people and the environment.

Locit is now continuing its push towards net zero manufacturing and is on target to reduce emissions at its factory by a further 50% this year.

Richard said:

“We started Locit with a vision to create a superior product that needed less material, less waste and less energy, and we have accomplished this at our Deeside factory.

“We have achieved a UK first- and potentially a world first – for our sector using digital manufacturing techniques which put decarbonisation at the heart of our product, processes and culture.

“The PAS 2060 certification is the realisation of a lot of hard work and a commitment to the highest standards when measuring and reducing our emissions. Sustainability is no longer an add-on, it is an imperative, not just for the planet but the future of our business.”


Locit deploys a sustainable approach through its entire process, from supply chain and design to manufacture and delivery.

It starts by using recycled steel sourced from UK-based suppliers only. State-of-the-art 3D CAD/CAM software solutions that enable the design of products with minimum waste materials.

Advanced manufacturing techniques are used to reduce energy consumption. This includes sector-leading advanced sheet metal machinery for fully-automated production runs, bespoke short-volume orders and R&D, and innovative powder coating techniques that recycle waste and reuse heat between processes.

Data-led manufacturing means that production is integrated with cloud-based Material Requirements Planning (MRP) software to optimise stock and delivery management.

Finished products are delivered to customers and suppliers using recycled packaging.

Richard added:

“While I have been driving our journey towards sustainable manufacturing, we would never have achieved so much so quickly without buy-in from our committed workforce.

“Our team shares the vision that the steel locker sector has become antiquated and incompatible with UK manufacturing’s net zero and digitalisation goals. We want to create a modern manufacturing facility that is efficient and forward-thinking, creates high-value local jobs, welcomes a diverse workforce, and makes a superior product. We’ve only just begun, but we’re off to a great start.”


Locit’s 64,000 sq ft digital manufacturing facility sits within Deeside Enterprise Zone, home to advanced manufacturing companies in the aerospace, automotive, food and pharmaceutical sectors.

The company is a proud member of the Made in Britain initiative, which supports and promotes British manufacturing, enabling buyers and consumers at home and abroad to identify British-made products.


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Arc Business Interiors were approached to undertake the refurbishment of Wath Academy in South Yorkshire. Part of the project involved replacing existing stair nosings.



The Project

The new stair nosings needed to be durable and slip resistant, and also adhere to Building Regulations, BS 8300-2:2018 and Equality Act guidelines.For the safety of those working and studying in the Academy, the stair nosings would have to clearly mark the edge of the steps, with a tread measuring between 50mm-65mm, and a riser between 30mm-55mm. They needed to have a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) difference of 30 points from the floorcovering to help create a “ladder effect”.

The Approach

Arc Business Interiors contacted Quantum Flooring Solutions to find a suitable stair nosing for the project. Quantum recommended QR-HF1 Stair Nosings with polar grey inserts. QR-HF1 are heavy duty profiles, and are manufactured to be fitted with carpet or carpet tile.  With an all-over tread which reaches from the front edge of the step right to the back of the profile, trip risks are minimised plus the satin-anodised riser inhibits glare, which can otherwise cause issues with peoples’ vision when ascending staircases.


The Outcome

Arc Business Interiors were involved in the Wath Academy refurb from the design stage to the fitting process. With help from Quantum, they have made the school safer for staff and pupils for many years to come.  As Rachel Buttarazzi from Arc Business Interiors says:

“The Q-Range polar grey tread with satin-anodised riser really highlights the edge of the step and it looks fantastic. It also gives extra grip with the all-over tread.”

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As one of the top 100 universities in the world, Glasgow is continually investing in its facilities. One of the most significant developments in recent years was the opening of the £90m, state-of-the-art James McCune Smith learning and teaching hub, with space for over 2,500 students.

Working with architects, HLM, and contractor, Multiplex, Style was specified to install a fully automatic, Skyfold moveable wall to divide the hub’s cavernous lecture theatre.

Skyfold is a world-leading vertically rising moveable wall that is uniquely housed in a ceiling cavity when not in use, meaning that it is completely hidden from view and takes up no room space at all.

At the push of a button, it descends gracefully into position, dividing the lecture theatre into two separate rooms with an incredible 51dB acoustic rating, allowing lectures and events to take place either side, completely undisturbed.


“This is a really impressive moveable wall system that delivers on all fronts – practicality, acoustic performance and aesthetics,” said David Louden, Style’s director for Scotland.

“It takes less than 5 minutes to divide the room and as you watch it descend into position it really is a truly magnificent mechanism for dividing space. Its ability to cater for stepped lecture theatres is also a huge benefit as that can be a limiting factor with many other types of moveable wall.

“Once in situ, the acoustic seals are automatically applied to the correct pressure, offering the optimum acoustic barrier, and the painted steel finish is the perfect complement to the bright, open atmosphere of the room.

“With space being an issue for all Universities, this is a superb solution for quickly dividing the lecture theatre into two, enabling them to cater for varying numbers of students and classes each week.”


Style is the exclusive UK partner to Skyfold, Dorma Hüppe and SWG, offering an extensive portfolio of moveable, folding and partitioning walls for all requirements and budgets.




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Zumtobel and its sister brand Thorn, both lighting brands of the Zumtobel Group, worked with The University of Leeds Estates team, BAM, Arup and Silcock Leedham to devise a cutting-edge lighting scheme supported with the use of cleverly integrated emergency lighting powered by its CPS Central Battery to ease maintenance.


The project’s backbone is the emergency lighting, powered by Zumtobel’s CPS central battery system.

The CPS adapts to suit both the project and the customer requirements – as and when necessary, helping the estate’s team identify faulty luminaires and ensuring continued safe lighting conditions for students and staff.

The emergency lighting scheme consists of Zumtobel’s PURESIGN exit signage, fusing functionality with an elegant design.

Zumtobel’s RESCLITE PRO’s innovative optics meet all the emergency lighting requirements, combining minimalist design with the highest technical standards.

In addition, Zumtobel’s MIREL evo, LINCOR DI, AMPHIBIA, PANOS evo, and SLOTLIGHT Infinity light the complete facility from the laboratories and teaching rooms to the bathrooms and circulation areas. The Thorn portfolio illuminates the back-of-house areas, including Glacier II, Force LED, Novaline, and Omega Pro.

The lighting solution is controlled via the DALI protocol with LITENET Lighting Controls. Daylight dimming is implemented using Skyscanner, increasing efficiency and keeping energy costs to the minimum.



David Oldroyd, Interim Deputy Director of Development, University of Leeds, said: “The Bragg Building required lighting for a diverse range of spaces and to meet various needs. As we work towards our campus being Net Zero by 2030, we also needed a low-energy solution. Zumtobel and Thorn were able to meet all of these criteria and provide a great design.”

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Working with architects, Broe & Co LLP, Style was specified to install a new folding wall system to the ground floor of the Bloomsbury Street Day Nursery in Brighton, creating a flexible environment where children are encouraged to learn, play and explore at their own pace.

Allowing nursery staff to separate the room into two, Style recommended a Stylefold acoustic glass folding wall with a 44dB Rw rating, ensuring that activities either side of the wall can take place undisturbed. By choosing a glazed folding wall, staff can maintain a watchful eye on the children and the area continues to enjoy an airy and open feel, even when the wall is in place.

This manually operated folding wall is light and simple to open and close, encouraging staff to change the room configuration to suit daily activities. The pass door means the wall can remain in place for longer periods if desired without hindering access between rooms.

“For schools, day centres, and community halls the Stylefold folding wall is a really effective solution,” said Michael Porter, Style’s group sales director.

“It can be opened and closed in seconds, the acoustics are superb – which means you can enjoy privacy either side, and this modestly priced folding wall solution is ideal for when budgets are tight.

“A folding wall can also help cut energy costs by avoiding having to heat and light a large open plan area when the entire space is not actually required – something that is at the top of most people’s priorities at the moment.”


As well as the glazed option, the Stylefold folding wall is also available in a variety of finishes, including painted, polished wood veneer or a wide range of standard or high-pressure laminates.

It can also be installed with writeable white board panels, which is ideal in a teaching environment.




Milton Keynes has recently welcomed a new intake of students to its first-ever fossil-free school. The completely gas-free all-years facility also uses the latest LED luminaires to keep harvested energy use to the minimum, creating a modern, green learning environment in the heart of the community. 


Our reliance on gas, oil and coal is wreaking havoc on the natural environment. If we don’t accelerate the transition to clean energy now, our climate goals will no longer be achievable. If factories, businesses, schools, hospitals, homes, and transportation switch to clean energy sources, they’re not just saving the environment; they’re saving resources and gaining independence from a volatile energy market.


A perfect example is the innovative newly built Glebe Farm School in the parish of Wavendon in the South East of Milton Keynes.


An all-through school with 1,569 school places for pupils aged 5 to 16, a nursery and a workplace for 170 staff members, Glebe Farm School is located on an area larger than 13 football pitches at the heart of a new community.


The school is the city’s first fossil-free new build school – even its Bunsen burners are powered by green electricity, funded and developed by Milton Keynes City Council with building works carried out by Morgan Sindall Construction and Munro Building Services.


The whole site has been designed to have a minimal environmental impact and will provide access to high-quality facilities for the local community. 


Completely gas-free, it uses air source heat pumps which absorb heat from the outside air and provide all the energy needed for air and hot water. All lighting comes from ultra-efficient LED luminaires from TRILUX Lighting, whilst hundreds of solar panels generate power for the building.


TRILUX luminaires are found throughout the building. The scheme focuses on the diverse needs of pupils, students, and teachers; and covers the complete spectrum of educational applications from the classrooms to the sports hall. The low-energy design uses a mix of Siella, Amatris, AgiraPlus, Arimo Fit, 74RS, Finea, Skeo Curv, Mirona Fit Sports, Oleveon Fit, ERP and Lutera C luminaires.


TRILUX LED luminaires also score highly from an operational point of view, protecting education budgets and the environment with low power consumption and maintenance costs. 



Michael Guppy, Preconstruction Manager, Munro Building Services, comments, “We have been using Trilux products for over ten years now, the quality of the fittings is excellent. Using one manufacturer for projects like this allows the scheme to be workable throughout the project and assists the end user, as they only have to go to TRILUX for any additions or replacements. We find working with TRILUX helps us deliver an overall project solution.”



It’s been estimated that green energy could save this school up to £100,000 a year. Since completion, the school has become a national benchmark for future school buildings.

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Zumtobel together with its sister brand Thorn, both lighting brands of the Zumtobel Group, worked with BDP to deliver a collection of standard and custom luminaires for the newly refurbished London Southbank University Hub (LSBU Hub).


The London Southbank University recently embarked on its most extensive and exciting environment transformation programme. Designed to affect how students and staff think, feel and study, the renovated facility is set to revolutionise the student experience.

With the modernisation of the learning spaces and technology, the new LSBU Hub will be fit for the future and serve the needs of generations of students, staff and the wider LSBU community. The goal was to create dedicated zones for learning, teaching, and staff by renovating the 1970s building and making better use of its current spaces across the whole campus.

The refurbished building includes a new 3000sqm library, teaching rooms, offices, lecture theatres, fitness and sports facilities, informal learning spaces, student support and catering facilities.

Architect Wilkinson Eyre and BDP’s lighting and building services consultants were quickly appointed. The project team also consisted of Winters Electrical Services and Wilmott Dixon Interiors as the main contractor.

To meet the demands of this project, BDP sought a lighting manufacturer with a broad, high-performance range of standard luminaires and the ability to engineer custom luminaires for specialised applications. Zumtobel together with its sister brand Thorn were selected for their technical competence and excellent all-round product offer.

The approach to the lighting design process was to complement the architecture with minimal intervention and ensure bright soffits – particularly in areas where daylight is low. The result is a considered and understated lighting scheme which seeks to reveal the interior forms and finishes at their optimal brightness.



Luke Smith-Wightman, design consultant for BDP, explains,


“The LSBU Hub project is a refurbishment of a 1970s structure featuring concrete waffle slabs throughout the building. The slabs are exposed in many spaces and now form an integral part of the lighting strategy – in combination with a custom luminaire engineered by Zumtobel – STRATUS. The STRATUS linear suspension luminaire delivers purely indirect, neutral-white light to the slabs from a very slim aluminium profile. This creates an enhanced perception of spaciousness and, through interreflection, provides the required illumination in the spaces where it is used. The lit effect is calm and blends well with daylight, with excellent light uniformity to walls, soffits, and floors.”



Ed Haslett, Key Account Manager, Zumtobel Group, adds, “We worked closely with the site team as the coordination of the multiple lengths and runs required a combined effort to ensure we delivered the perfect solution.”


In addition to STRATUS, the comprehensive scheme includes Zumtobel’s PANOS infinity downlights, SLOTLIGHT infinity slim continuous rows and the striking ONDARIA pendants in the breakout areas and meeting rooms.

Luke explains, “The theme of linear lighting is continued with integrated SLOTLIGHT infinity slim continuous lines of light framing the library spaces, the main atrium and lighting the bookshelves. PANOS infinity downlights project warm-white light into the library areas, illuminating the spaces without disrupting the bold, wood-clad geometry of the library ceilings.”


Furthermore, PERLUCE luminaires light the stairways and the classic all-rounder TUBILUX lights the fitness suite. RESCLITE PRO provides emergency lighting, while Thorn’s Omega Pro2 has been used for the lecture halls and Aquaforce in the back-of-house and plant areas.


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Zentia’s new Fission range will incorporate the former Tatra, Cortega and Fine Fissured tiles.

Leading UK ceiling manufacturers Zentia are bringing together and renaming three of their most popular mineral tiles.

The new Fission range will comprise Fission (formerly Tatra), Fission ND (formerly Cortega) and Fission FT (formerly Fine Fissured) which are all fire rated to Euroclass A2-s1, d0.

Despite the renaming, there are no changes to the products or their technical performance, and they are still warrantied for up to 30 years (when fitted with the Zentia grid system). Alongside this, they are manufactured with up to 51% recycled content and remain 100% recyclable.

Fission and Fission ND are white tiles available in two different edge details – Board (600 x 600mm and 1200 x 600mm), and Tegular (600 x 600mm) for greater design flexibility. The Board edges fully expose the suspended ceiling grid, while the Tegular tiles are rebated, creating a semi-bevelled visual.

Featuring directional and non-directional fissured patterns, they balance the need for sound absorption and sound attenuation in open plan spaces such as atriums, libraries, storage facilities and warehouses.

The premium product in the Fission range is Fission FT which is available in black as well as white and in three different edge details (Board, Tegular and MicroLook). The MicroLook edge is designed for use with Zentia’s 15mm grid range, with a vertical edge creating crisp shadowed effects. Its ultra-fine non-directional fissured pattern offers an optimum balance between sound absorption and sound attenuation.

All three ceiling tiles are suitable for new-build and refurbishment projects in the commercial, industrial and retail sectors.


Zentia’s sales and marketing director Graham Taylor said: “In 2020, we began our journey transitioning from Armstrong to Zentia. It is an exciting time that will deliver opportunities for us and our customers. As part of this process, we’re renaming our products and reshaping our ranges. But there’s no need for our customers to worry, their favourite ceiling solutions won’t disappear, and they can still rely on us to manufacture and deliver the same quality suspended ceilings we always have.”




Moving into the penthouse level at One Canada Square, Canary Wharf means the heavily oversubscribed University College London School of Management can enrol more students and attract world-leading business teachers. Specified by Buro Happold in conjunction with Nicholas Hare Architects, the Zumtobel Group lighting brands Zumtobel and Thorn have provided a customised lighting scheme to transform the redesigned office space into a vibrant education facility.


One Canada Square is an iconic skyscraper in Canary Wharf, London. At 770 ft and 50 storeys, it is the third tallest building in the United Kingdom. On a clear day, if you look out from Level 50, you will be treated to unparalleled views across London, taking in sporting landmarks such as Wembley Stadium, The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, The Den, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Focussing on innovation, technology, analytics, and entrepreneurship, the University College London School of Management (UCL SoM) established itself on Level 38 of the building back in 2016, right in the heart of London and the epicentre of finance and business in the UK. However, with growing student numbers, it required more space. Hence the decision to expand to Level 50.

The new facility positions the UCL School of Management as an international business school whose world-leading research, faculty, and teaching facilities rival those of other top-ranked international business schools. of the likes of the London Business School, Oxbridge, Harvard, Stanford, and MIT.

The new space was designed by architects Nicholas Hare in collaboration with the School’s former Director, Bert De Reyck. The design was inspired by start-up workspaces and academic and corporate environments, designed to encourage active collaboration and communication between students and faculty.

Level 50 had an existing office fit-out which included a mixture of open-plan and cellular offices. Designers implemented an innovative re-use of existing components to significantly reduce the project’s embodied carbon.

The refurbished space provides a range of teaching and collaborative spaces, doubling the size of the facilities available. The includes a traditional ‘Harvard-style’ lecture theatre with a 108-student capacity, a Student Hub, multiple group and individual study spaces and a flexible executive style suite with panoramic views across the city. It gives students and faculty choices about how they work and adaptive facilities to suit their needs.


A product for all locations

Impressed with the breath of the Zumtobel Group portfolio, integrated consulting engineers Buro Happold London and Nicholas Hare Architects specified a combination of Zumtobel and Thorn lighting products to support the design vision for Level 50. Tony Dendy, Key Account Manager (London Specification) at Zumtobel Group says, “Our SLOTLIGHT infinity is a flexible and suitable system which covered all the various areas, ceiling types, and shapes required to meet the client brief to a high-quality finish. We worked with Buro Happold to help design and configure the products required and, importantly, achieve the lighting requirements.”

Light lines flush with the ceiling

Central to the lighting design was the Zumtobel SLOTLIGHT infinity, which achieved perfect uniform lines of light without a cover frame. SLOTLIGHT infinity has been designed from scratch as a continuous light line for flush mounting with the ceiling. The luminaire’s linear construction is continued in a precisely defined shadow gap. Problems with the formation of cracks are now a thing of the past, as the luminaire is technically and thermally separated from the ceiling by a mounting frame. The result is a high-grade lighting solution meticulously integrated into the interior design, which appears as a fully consistent light line.

The SLOTLIGHT infinity family, including recessed, suspended, and direct/indirect versions, have been used throughout the circulation areas, seminar rooms, communal Street, reception, and Social Hub.

Based on performance, style, and efficiency, luminaires from Thorn lighting support the scheme, including Omega Pro in the offices and meeting rooms, Voyager Star emergency lights in the street and circulation areas, and Aquaforce Pro in the plant rooms.


The light line can be perfectly adjusted to the room

The project wasn’t without its challenges Tony explains, “Some challenges we had to overcome were that we needed some precise non-standard angles of the SLOTLIGHT infinity. Due to the long runs, if they had been just a fraction out, it would have been accentuated along the run and therefore ruin the installation. Furthermore, there were some special Slotlight Infinity square sizes, adapted to fit around the columns in the communal street for a precise finish and to work with the wooden ceiling slats. Another special was in the metal ceiling tiles where lengths were non-standard, our Slotlight Infinity Technical product was specified but because there was a limited ceiling void depth that included other services above, we could not use the standard wire suspensions for the installation and therefore another solution was found using rear mounted brackets (subject to weight) normally designed for other ceiling types.”

The Zumtobel project team worked hard to overcome these challenges with custom and modified solutions to meet all the requirements. They also provided detailed installation lists to help the onsite team.

The lighting scheme meets the desired aesthetical design while providing excellent light to facilitate good communication and learning. All the lighting is DALI and is connected to the school’s lighting control system; dimming control was vital due to the glass building facade.

The project has transformed the tired former corporate office space into a vibrant education facility for post-graduates and enabled UCL School of Management to continue to foster relationships with leading business and financial organisations.


Sarah Knox, Senior Facilities and Operations Administrator, UCL School of Management comments, “Across our new floor we installed a variety of stylish light lines to meet our brief and focus on smart design and sustainable materials, ensuring we created the right experience in each space to manifest sustainable, welcoming premises. The quality lighting supports the collaborative learning and working environment we have developed and enhances the wellbeing of staff and students while at work or taking a break. Our state of the art, well-designed space helps us attract truly talented individuals to establish ourselves as a global business school whose world-leading post-graduate teaching and research facilities allow us to continue to be one of the top-ranked business schools in the UK.”


The project was verified SKA Gold, the highest qualification in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors building sustainability evaluation scheme.


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