Zumtobel and Thorn provide the lighting for new treatment centre designed with the patient experience in mind

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Zumtobel Lighting along with the Thorn Lighting brand have supplied the lighting for Sunderland Hospital’s new Durham DTC (Durham Treatment Centre), a purpose built facility that has been designed with patient experience in mind. Zumtobel and Thorn have supplied a huge variety of fittings to illuminate all areas of the 2,500sqm facility situated just outside of the city centre where thousands of patients across Durham and the surrounding areas will be able to access their specialist care locally at a new state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment centre.

Durham DTC will increase the capacity of renal dialysis services currently offered in Durham by the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, as well as expand Urology, Ophthalmology and Nephrology Services and ENT outpatient clinics. It was extremely important throughout the development that the centre would provide purpose-built, high-quality and cutting-edge facilities which meet the demands seen in modern healthcare, yet retain the flexibility for future growth.

Thorn’s Beta Office, an alternative recessed panel which bridges the economic gap between LED technology and conventional light sources, was chosen for Treatment and Clean Utility areas. Its prismatic diffuser is perfect for working areas as well as circulation areas and the luminaire adheres to EN12464.

Thorn has provided Omega luminaires for the treatment areas where a surface option was required also utilising the low profile surface kit accessory. With its slim 12mm profile, the fitting incorporates a UV-stabilised opal acrylic diffuser to retain its clean look.The IP44 rated Omega provides excellent glare control (UGR<19/22) and is easily retrofitted, whilst maintenance is significantly reduced by the 50,000 hours’ life of the 4000K LED lamps supplied with the fitting.

Zumtobel’s CLEAN clean-room recessed linear luminaires have been installed to meet the exacting requirements of the project which offer the very latest lighting technology producing a three-level luminaire concept for clean-rooms, which is geared towards the environment as well as particular visual tasks. A cover with a high-quality anodised aluminum frame and toughened safety glass insert is distinctive of the CLEAN luminaire.

For sustainability, Thorn’s Chalice was an obvious choice in waiting areas, reducing energy usage by up to 60 percent. With a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours, this fitting significantly reduces maintenance demands and costs.

For open plan office’s, Thorn’s IQ Wave, with its simple and flowing lines, has created a modern but simplistic aesthetic with a Unified Glare Rating of <19 –compliant to EN12464 which is perfect forthe task. IQ Wave has an innovative MV tech optic that offers excellent uniformity, a colour temperature of 4000K and glare control plus direct/indirect light for illuminance on faces and walls to encourage a relaxed and comfortable environment. For ease of installation its new red flag design allows easy access to pull the set-up from below the ceiling without the need to remove the optics from the product, allowing for a more secure fixing to the ceiling.

The new lighting from Thorn has played a key role in achieving the desired lighting effect, providing the desired quality of light, high energy savings and low maintenance costs. This element was extremely important to the Trust and to its maintenance provider, City Hospitals Independent Commercial Enterprises (CHoICE). Their Director Wayne Carr added “Thorn are a locally based company and with a high quality reputation, so this was key to selection of the product by our engineering team and the long-term support benefit having this local presence will bring to all parties”.


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