Simmtronic delivers savings for Network Rail
Network Rail has installed an advanced SPECS3 Lighting Controls System from Simmtronic to gain the maximum energy saving and lighting management flexibility at its recently opened national centre in Milton Keynes.
Known as The Quadrant: MK, the 400,000sq ft building brings over 3,000 people from across the country under one glazed roof and creates a new centre for Britain’s railway operations. Simmtronic has helped the organisation to create one of the UK’s most innovative and stimulating working environments, where the various departments, such as Engineering, Logistics, IT, Procurement and Planning work within an inner and an outer atrium with generously proportioned meeting and breakout facilities to encourage maximum collaboration.
This progressive design ethos, projected by Network Rail Management and architects GMW, has been conducive in achieving an excellent BREEAM rating for energy efficiency.
The scheme uses DALI dimming technology to regulate the highest availability of daylight throughout the building. Careful thought was given to using the most innovative installation procedures, moving away from traditional LCM, using open ceiling design, reducing the cost of a false ceiling and getting the best value for the taxpayer.
As DALI Hubs were utilised instead of LCMs, Simmtronic had the potentially challenging task of programming the individual DALI address of each light fitting. By choosing the most suitable and advanced commission tools, this arduous task was accomplished in a relatively straightforward manner to achieve the targeted commissioning deadlines.