TRILUX lights ground-breaking medical research centre

Sept. 9, 2021
Company delivers lighting that meets the technical specification, budget, and aesthetic vision for Pears Building.

A collaboration between the Royal Free London, the Royal Free Charity, and University College London, the Pears Building is now home to The UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT). This world-class research organisation develops revolutionary new treatments for conditions including leukaemia and diabetes.

Designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent, the Pears Building includes laboratories, patient accommodation, a car park, and the Royal Free Charity's offices. Many residents and organisations have supported the project. Among these is the Pears Foundation, which donated £5million.

Working for the principal contractor Willmott Dixon, the appointed design and build contractors, TClarke, were tasked to find a lighting scheme that met the technical specification and the end client's budget. A TRILUX scheme fit the bill.

John Eagan, Design & Build Contracts Manager, TClarke, comments, "One of the building's main aims was to provide a cost-effective and adaptable facility to improve the provision of care for patients. For the lighting, the TRILUX range was the perfect answer. We were able to meet our buying targets and deliver a complete project of quality lights which meet or in some cases exceed the technical specification."

The TRILUX LC60 LED light channel provides the backbone of the scheme. Both suspended and recessed clean, continuous lines of light are installed throughout the laboratories and offices. The infill spaces are ideal for adding sensors and services. Moreover, the wiring from one end helps with maintenance.

Central to the scheme is the atrium and feature staircase, designed to foster interaction among researchers and create a vibrant hub for clinical research at the heart of the building. Over 200 bespoke diffused glass LED pendants are installed to stunning effect, balancing, and contrasting with the robust concrete surroundings.

The pendant design was developed with Hopkins Architects and BDP. TRILUX provided mock-ups and samples and finessed the design until the desired lit, and visual effects were achieved. The full project solution ticked all the boxes: it met TClarke's budget, the technical specification from BDP, and the architect's aesthetic vision.

Further TRILUX luminaires have also been used in the back of house areas, carparks, and circulation routes across the entire building.

John adds, "the lighting complements the industrial design concept; they go together exceptionally well. When you look up from the ground floor, you can see the lighting design signature running throughout the building's fabric. The effect is fantastic and adds to the iconic nature of this project."

Lora Kalvea, Lighting Designer at BDP, concludes, "Overall, the collaboration was very successful. Additionally, the luminaires from TRILUX standard range provided high quality workspace lighting for the labs and write-up areas. The luminaires are dimmable throughout and provide comfortable, glare-free illumination. The TRILUX team was helpful and responded to all our comments and requests, and the cooperative spirit is reflected in the great result – a well-lit building."

To read the full case study please visit:



Bespoke LED pendants





Emergency exit signs


Architect: Hopkins Architects

Principal Contractor: Willmott Dixon

Consultant: BDP

MEP Services Installation: TClarke

Lighting: TRILUX


TRILUX SIMPLIFY YOUR LIGHT stands for the simplest and safest way to a customised, energy-efficient and future-proof lighting solution. In the dynamic and increasingly complex lighting market, the customer receives the best advice, optimum orientation and perfect light. To ensure this claim, TRILUX draws on a wide portfolio of technologies and services as well as high-performance partners and companies of the TRILUX Group. The lighting specialist combines individual components into customised complete solutions - always perfectly matched to customer requirements and the area of application. This means that even complex and extensive projects can be implemented quickly and easily from a single source. In the spirit of SIMPLIFY YOUR LIGHT, the focus is always on planning, installation and user-friendliness of the solutions for the customer in addition to quality and efficiency.

The TRILUX Group operates six production sites in Europe and Asia and serves international customers through 30 subsidiaries and numerous sales partners. The Lighting Division includes the brands TRILUX SIMPLIFY YOUR LIGHT, Oktalite and Zalux. Investment companies include ICT and the online platform watt24. The Innovation Centre as a department for research and development bundles the innovative power under the TRILUX umbrella. With locations in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, France and Switzerland, the TRILUX Academy provides the necessary know-how on topics, trends and innovations in the lighting sector. TRILUX employs a total of just under 5,000 employees worldwide, the company headquarters are located in Arnsberg.

For more information, visit




[email protected]

Web site: