New £28M Academy lit by Luxonic

Date Announced: 07 Feb 2013

Luxonic Lighting has supplied the complete controls and lighting solution for the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in West Sussex, which is a new architectural landmark in Lancing.

The £28 million new build, which replaced the old college, is a state-of-the-art learning facility that has allowed the expansion of the academy from 1,100 to 1,400 students. Luxonic has supplied products for both the interior and exterior of the buildings, from communal areas to the academy’s specialist performing arts facilities.

The goal of sustainability which has underpinned this project is apparent in the choice of materials, heating, lighting and controls. The façade uses materials that are sustainable, renewable and have a real end-of-life use, while biomass boilers provide the primary heating. Luxonic contributes to this through the use of energy efficient lighting and controls, carefully devised and manufactured to have minimal environmental and social impact.

Luxonic was responsible for the lighting design, luminaires and controls throughout the entire academy complex. Luxonic’s understanding of a client’s requirements led to their specification by M&E consultants Balfour Beatty Engineering Services. Lorenzo Burns, Design Manager at Balfour Beatty, said "Luxonic has provided competitive lighting solutions for dozens of our schools in London and the South East region. The supply chain relationship with Luxonic is representative of how partnering between companies should work. Luxonic are a valued extension to our site teams on each project, where the focus on our client’s expectations and delivery of the project is key."

Across the academy, the lighting choices reflect the learning environment in which they are used. Luxonic has provided lighting and controls that through their specialist functions contribute to effective and comfortable learning spaces. Broadlighter Acoustic Raft luminaires are used in classrooms and meeting spaces to provide an efficient and comfortable environment. The high output Cardo luminaires in the sports hall have shaped bodies to prevent objects landing on them and specialist Hi-Mount Pendants light the theatre space at the academy. Occupancy sensors are fitted in all spaces and daylight dimming is installed on all lights adjacent to the windows, making the lighting of the building instrumental in the project’s goal of energy efficiency.

Luxonic Lighting pioneers technologies in interior lighting design whilst considering the life cycle of a product from its concept through to its end-of-life. Luxonic’s sustainable approach ‘Eco-Design’ is an effective environmental management system that maintains performance and energy efficiency whilst ensuring productivity, orientation and safety for the user. It allows customers and companies to purchase and use Luxonic products in an equally sustainable way.

Luxonic Lighting on 01256 363090


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