BIFM London Region - 'Lighting up Canary Wharf'

BIFM London Region - 'Lighting up Canary Wharf'

04-05-12 9:24 BIFM

BIFM London region members lit up Canary Wharf last night at an illuminating seminar focusing on the role of lighting in today’s workplace. Sponsored by the British lighting manufacturer and designer Future Designs, the event saw more than 100 facilities professionals enjoy the stunning views across the Canary Wharf estate from the 49th floor of the 1.2m sq ft One Canada Square tower as guests of hosts BNY Mellon.
After delegates experienced the 40-second journey from the ground floor to level 49, Paul Burgoyne, building manager for Canary Wharf Management (CWM) opened the event with a landlord’s perspective of lighting. While CWM is not responsible for tenants’ lighting, the organisation has a key role to play in common areas and in leading the debate through initiatives such as Earth Hour. But there is only so far a landlord can go: “No-one wants to step into a pitch black emergency stairwell on the promise that PIR sensors will make it light up – you need to keep 10 per cent residual lighting,” he explained. Despite that requirement, by reducing lighting to lower levels the organisation had saved £5,000 per stairwell.
The increasing focus on sustainability was nothing new for Future Designs’ MD David Clements who talked about his work with one Canary Wharf client who had upgraded the general office lighting of their 400,000 sq ft premises to reduce their carbon use. He described the project as a “stepping stone” for other premises looking to jump from the T8 to T5 and PLL lamp technology over the next few years. But anyone thinking that LEDs were a panacea for long-term cost savings and reducing carbon footprints were persuaded otherwise. Clements argued that while LED technology was a suitable medium to replace old-fashioned Dichroic lamps, its ability to only give direct light compared to the more balanced effect offered by fluorescent lamps meant that facilities managers should “wait and see”.
Comparing LED lights with the early days of diesel cars which were smoky, smelly and noisy, Clements argued that LEDS are a quantum leap in illumination and would outstrip fluorescent sales in the next four to seven years, but “right now the payback periods are too long and the technology isn’t proven”.
Ending a fascinating evening was Paul Etherington vice president, planning and development manager at BNY Mellon who talked about his experiences in One Canada Square, which is designed by BDG architecture + design,  from when he was hoisted up the side in a hard hat during the construction period to the merger of Bank of New York and Mellon Corporation and creating a workplace for the new brand.
Many thanks to Future Designs for sponsoring and BNY Mellon for hosting the event.

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