Rail college lighting matches high tech ethos

THE LIGHTING at the new campus of the National College for High Speed Rail at Doncaster had to match the school’s ethos of quality engineering and incorporate the latest optical, electrical and control technology.

Doncaster is the largest of five new national colleges created by the Government to help British workers to learn world-class skills.

There is a further NCHSR campus at Birmingham and, at full capacity, the college will train 1,200 students a year.

This is necessary because there is already a shortfall of new engineers in Britain. The rail industry, in particular, needs young engineers; currently one in five rail engineers is over 55.

This new National College for High Speed Rail is dedicated to providing the engineering, design, planning, manufacturing and construction skills that Britain needs for the future.

As an example, the Doncaster campus has been equipped with the very latest in rail technology, including virtual reality training on board a Eurostar power car, an augmented reality classroom, and a dedicated BIM (building information modelling) cave.


Close to the exit doors around the college are wall-mounted Denver Elite Walls with PrismaLED technology. These have a fluid triangular shape known as trilobular.

This will help provide the skills required for the new high speed rail network.

We tend to think of high speed rail as being a fairly new concept but trains which can exceed 300 kph have been in existence for over 30 years and are still running now. France and Japan have well established high speed rail networks.

As you approach the front concourse, the pedestrian area is illuminated with Holophane’s CityMax. This circular post top lantern is mounted on a ‘V’ bracket which emits minimal upward light. The individual LED optics provide excellent optical control with a high degree of uniformity at ground level.

The main car park and rear of the building are illuminated with the Holophane D-Series streetlight.

There is a canopy over the train tracks towards the rear of the building and whilst, technically, the luminaires are under cover, they are exposed to all the elements. Here, the college has used the Vantage LED luminaire, also from Holophane, with PrismaLED technology. This is an IP65 high bay luminaire with a torus shape, low glare prismatic diffuser.

The under-canopy luminaires are exposed to all the elements so the college used the IP65 Holophane Vantage LED luminaire with PrismaLED technology.

Close to the exit doors around the college are wall-mounted Denver Elite Walls with PrismaLED technology. These have a fluid triangular shape (technically, it is trilobular).

The internal prisms of the glass cover limit upward light to less than 3 per cent and enable wide spacings around the perimeter of the buildings to be achieved with good uniformity.


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