BEG gets logistics right at Southampton Freight Services

Energy-saving LED fittings and lighting controls are central to the lighting strategy at a new 19,000 sq ft purpose-built facility for family-owned freight forward and logistics company Southampton Freight Services.

The converted premises in Totton, Southampton includes two warehouses, one fully racked for its bonded storage, and the other designed to accommodate its fast moving ‘in transit’ operation. SFS was keen to create a facility that would not only provide an efficient operating space but also a pleasant working environment for staff.

SFS has worked alongside lighting controls manufacturer BEG, electrical contractor Davison Electrical Services and office fit-out specialist, Space & Solutions, to come up with a design that allows for expansion, creates efficiency and calm, and provides a welcoming environment for clients, partners and suppliers to visit.

“This move was, for our family, the biggest undertaking since we started the business in 1998 and many important factors had to be introduced into the design that were critical to us,” said SFS managing director Ross Negus.

“Aesthetically speaking, we feel this was a resounding success and we’re delighted with the end result. But behind the scenes and under the skin of the design was our desire to push home energy efficiency, carbon friendliness and overall green credentials.

“Working with BEG and Space & Solutions, we identified the lighting requirements and they set about planning the physical implementation to provide consistent, good quality lighting, while using the latest technology to ensure our facility was efficient.”

Aesthetically speaking, we feel this was a resounding success and we’re delighted with the end result. But behind the scenes and under the skin of the design was our desire to push home energy efficiency, carbon friendliness and overall green credentials.

Ross Negus

A comprehensive site survey was carried out at the facility at Griffin Industrial Park by BEG, who developed a lighting control strategy that ensured the new facility would be as energy efficient as possible. This meant providing the correct amount of light to the rooms’ requirements, ensuring that lights were only turned on when required and not used inefficiently or unnecessarily.

BEG tailored the lighting systems to the specific needs of SFS’ individual spaces after a full investigation of each room’s use, how many employees would be working in these spaces and how much daylight the windows let in. BEG used a range of different sensors depending on the areas.

The main office was designed to be open, calm and spacious with a 20-foot container positioned towards the rear which was cleverly converted into an informal meeting space with a built-in fish tank. This area also housed its special commercial aircraft model collection bringing the air and ocean element of SFS’s business into the design.

To emphasise the company’s global coverage, its two glass-fronted offices had a map graphic, detailing key cruise destinations from San Francisco, USA, to Shanghai, China, with its SFS ‘sonar’ emanating from Southampton. For the specially-designed boardroom, SFG had fitted a 15th anniversary wall map converted to wallpaper, and a glass topped boardroom table made from pallets.

BEG used Luxomat PD2 sensors in the office areas and meeting rooms as these environments required an ‘occupancy detector’ that could measure the constant light changes. The sensor is designed to give a ‘constant daylight appraisal’ which provides significant benefits over conventional detectors which are not capable of carrying out these features.

“We positioned the BEG sensors near the desk areas so as to utilise the seated figure – the ‘pick-up range’ where the detector is at its most sensitive – which allows it to detect small movements such as when a person is sitting at a computer terminal,” said BEG business development manager, Keith Martindale.

The switching control of the groups of luminaires had to be taken into account as well – the window area would be brighter than the back of the room and during the day would be subject to more daylight influence – so the team used sensors that can switch-off the group of luminaires near the window if the light level goes above the threshold selected.

“Not using luminaires, if they are not required, assists with saving energy and reducing operating costs,” said Martindale. “We also used a slave to increase the detection area for the main passage area.”

In the bathroom areas, stairwells and general workspaces, BEG fitted surface-mounted and flush-mounted Luxomat PD3 sensors as a motion detector was suitable for these types of areas where there was no need for continuous daylight appraisal.

In the main warehouse and racking areas, which featured two containers with ‘Soton Freight’ emblazed on them, BEG used its Luxomat PD4 sensors, as these have a 24m diameter range as opposed to the 10m diameter range with the PD3.

“The result of LED lighting throughout the warehouses and a mixture of low energy and subtle lighting solutions throughout the rest of the building work perfectly,” commented Negus. “We’re absolutely thrilled.”