Venue: Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Project: Exterior Architectural Lighting
Disciplines: Installation of Architectural Lighting Control, Exterior Colour Change Lighting and Architainment Lighting.
The Spinnaker Tower is a national icon based on the south coast. Soaring 170m above Portsmouth Harbour, the sea mark is the UK's tallest publicly accessible building outside of London and offers visitors a unique 'window on the sea' from its three 100m, 105m and 110m observation decks. It is tall, elegant and sculptural in design with two large white sweeping arcs that give the tower its distinctive spinnaker sail design.
The tower attracts thousands of visitors to the area every year and provides a shining beacon of light to vessels destined for the harbour. As the main contractor for the design/build construction, Mowlem plc engaged Mark Hensman of Equation Lighting to create the tower's unique exterior lighting design which features two distinct elements. Firstly the white light projected onto the rear concrete legs and the lower shaft below the cruciform to the front, and secondly dynamic coloured light projected within the arcs and to the front of the main Spire.
A.C.'s Special Projects Division were awarded the contract to supply the exterior architectural lighting fixtures that had been specified by Equation as part of their design. The company assisted the electrical contractor, Mowlem Engineering, in specifying the show lighting and architectural control systems, then programmed and commissioned the two systems.
Main Equipment Provided:
- Martin Exterior 600
- Martin Exterior 200
- Pulsar Chromastrip
- Artistic License Common Sense
- ETC Expression LPC
- Unison Processor
Other Services Provided
Supply, project management, commissioning and programming.