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Abacus Lights up Leicestershire School

Abacus has completed a comprehensive lighting project at the award-winning Castle Rock High School in Leicestershire.

Leicestershire, England: October 2007



Abacus has completed a comprehensive lighting project at the award-winning Castle Rock High School in Leicestershire. The building, which was designed and constructed by Leicester County Council (LCC) in partnership with Willmott Dixon Construction, won the ’Large Building of the Year’ and ’Sustainable Development of the Year’ awards at the ProCon 2006.

Concept High Cone lanterns
All the exterior lighting for the scheme - the car parks, the playgrounds and on the building itself - was supplied by Abacus. It’s Concept High Cone lanterns were chosen because of their low light pollution. At 0% ULOR, the flat glass luminaries are dark skies friendly and because of their Variable Beam Reflector, minimal lighting points are required, meaning minimal light pollution and obvious energy saving benefits.

For 50 years Abacus has focused its business on meeting its customers’ needs, providing a bespoke design service of which they are justly proud. And Castle Rock was no exception.

Paul Widdison, Electrical Design Manager for Leicestershire County Council, commented: "The school is in the National Forest so light pollution was a key issue. The original design intention was to install wall lights around the school.
However, it was decided that as sufficient light was being emitted through the expansive glazed areas of the building, it would be more beneficial to design a stand off scheme that looks back at the school and reduces upward light as far as possible."

The Concept High Cone Lanterns have been specifically designed for applications such as retail parks; town & city centres; civic areas; parks & gardens and pedestrian areas. Their aluminium canopy and trim are finished in durable polyester powder coating available in a choice of colours including Coral Red; Moss Green; Gentian Blue and Pearl Dark Grey. In addition all components of the luminaire are fully recyclable.


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