Abacus Lighting

LED lighting at Rail Operating Centres

Manchester & Rugby

Manchester & Rugby, England: February 2015

The rail industry continues to change and evolve with technology, improving the way railways operate and bettering the service offered. Network Rail has started the consolidation of over 800 signalling boxes into 12 state-of-the-art rail operating centres in order to improve capacity and performance on the railway network. Manchester is one of the first to introduce this new rail traffic management technology and formally opened on 21 July 2014. Built by Morgan Sindall, the Manchester Rail Operating Centre (ROC) is a modern but functional architectural building meaning, so the lighting had to be in keeping with this style.

The lighting solution focused around efficiency in an area where a large amount of power would be in constant use. Apollo lanterns (in association with Kingsun) offer low-energy lighting through the use of LED technology. The Apollo uses high performance yet low-energy LEDs which are highly reliable, giving consistent lighting across the area improving safety to those in the car parks and footpath areas. The slim-line body of the Apollo complemented the sleek look of the building, a requirement of the architects was to keep the aesthetics consistent throughout the project. These lanterns were mounted on Abacus base-hinged Raise and Lower columns, a product which is Network Rail approved and has a proven track record with British rail sites for over fifty years. Abacus’ base-hinged columns have excellent maintenance capabilities as they allow for ground level maintenance which keeps costs low and enables a safe and simple maintenance process.

LED lighting on base-hinged columns.

Much like Manchester, Rugby Rail Operating Centre (ROC) was another of six proposed new build operating centres requiring a matching lighting solution. To continue the energy efficient focus in an architectural setting, Abacus Raise and Lower columns carrying Apollo LED lanterns were installed throughout the car park and amenity areas. The Rugby ROC was completed and handed over in November 2014.

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