The challenge

EKO Pathways is a special educational needs primary and secondary school based in East Ham, London, which caters for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH).

Five years ago, London Borough of Newham joined forces with architects Rivington Street Studio to build a brand-new secondary school on a brownfield site.

The new building was to provide generous, flexible classrooms and specialist teaching resource areas, calming spaces and break-out areas in the extensive external landscape. A sympathetic external lighting design was required to help meet the buildings objectives.

Key project requirements

  • Enhance the appearance of the building and provide sufficient light to the walkways using a ‘secure by design’ approach
  • Use LED to save energy and provide longer maintenance periods
  • Controlled using both dusk to dawn sensors and time switches
  • Fully compliant with BS 7671
  • Prevent light pollution
  • Emergency 3-hour battery back-up lighting to be provided to satisfy the requirements of BS 5266


The solution

The final lighting scheme consists of Red Dot award winning, Ren Performance Plus 4000K bollards for the walkways, spaced at an average of 10 – 12M apart.

While Kirium Pro 1 4000K luminaires, on 6M Telford Columns, were selected for the general area and car park lighting.

Ren delivers a low energy (336lm) exceptionally uniform lighting solution in an architecturally centric form – clean and unfussy – complementary to the new modern school building.

Its comfortable, ambient light providing enhanced vertical illumination for facial recognition, overcoming the low performance sometimes expected with bollard lighting and meeting the requirements of Secure by Design.

Emergency versions provide 3-hour back up lighting satisfying the requirements of BS 5266.

Both luminaires are fitted with dusk to dawn sensors and time switch controls which turn them on/off during set times to prevent unwanted wasted light; with light pollution prevented through precision optics directing light to where needed; with minimal upward light.


David Tucker, Director, Rivington Street Studios comments, “Ren provides subtle route wayfinding within a robust context. Its flat-screen optical system, with an additional area of diffused light, represents a real innovative solution over existing bollards.”

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