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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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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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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.”