Barclaycard Arena gets lighting revamp

Lighting designer LAPD has devised a lighting scheme for both the interior and exterior lighting at the £26 million redevelopment of the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.

Reggiani Lighting UK has supplied the interior and exterior luminaires for the Arena, formerly known as the National Indoor Arena. LAPD worked closely with the design team at Reggiani to come up with a scheme to provide illumination throughout the sporting and entertainment venue.

All areas of the Barclaycard Arena have been touched by the redevelopment – from front of house through to backstage. The most dramatic element is a new glass-fronted façade and front of house showcase which creates a dynamic arrival point for visitors, whilst 20m-high ‘Sky Needles’ on top of the building add to the skyline of Birmingham and light up at night.

The redevelopment also includes new retail outlets, enhanced hospitality and food and beverage facilities, all designed to add value to the visitor experience. The flow within the Arena has been made much easier, increasing the ease of access and level of comfort.

For the internal lighting, Reggiani supplied Unisio surface-mounted downlighters in white with 26W LEDs for entrance and concourse areas. Special LowLED downlights were also used on concourse levels, with medium beam LowLED downlighters and MiLED downlighters with a wide beam  installed in toilet cubicles and the arena.

Sombra 26W LED 3000K asymmetric wallwashers have been used under the mezzanine on the concourse floor. Two spherical rotating sections enable the light to rotate by 45 degrees and 356 degrees respectively on the axes, keeping the light source hidden from view at practically any angle.

The exterior lighting scheme uses Reggiani’s Envios fittings. The lighting is provided by pole-mounted Envios in configurations of two, four and six per 5m column in a mix of 32W and 39W LEDs with colour temperatures of 3000 and 4000K, all tailored to the height and location of the areas to be illuminated.