Lighting helps Wellcome Centre get Breeam ‘excellent’

A SOPHISTICATED combination of natural light, energy-efficient LEDs and controls have helped the new Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at University College London to achieve a Breeam ‘Excellent’ rating.

The custom Panos pendant solution developed for the laboratories retained the pendant style of mounting and ensured original functionality.

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre is a £75 million, seven-storey building bringing together world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits process information to create the neural representations that guide human behaviour.

The building can accommodate up to 150 scientists and 50 dedicated support staff, with centrally located computational laboratories spanning three floors. These are directly connected to double-height experimental laboratories on either side.

Supporting these laboratory groups are a mechanical and electrical fabrication lab, spaces for social interaction, lecture and seminar rooms, a brasserie and roof terrace.

Principal floor circulation routes are designed with sightlines through the entire building and interior spaces. The brasserie opens onto a wildflower garden, providing a social focus for everyone in the building.

The purpose-built, state-of-the-art neuroscience research facility includes a translucent, full-height, cast-glass façade which acts as an ‘envelope’ with a high thermal performance and helps to diffuse natural white light around the building, keeping lighting costs at a minimum.

The main lighting scheme had originally been designed around Zumtobel’s Panos A pendants but, following discussions with Ian Ritchie Architects and the lighting consultant EQ2 Light, it was decided that the best solution was to strip the luminaire right back to the bare bones.

This presented Zumtobel with the challenge to develop a pendant downlight without a housing that could be installed with the cabling hidden.

The product also had to be supplied in two parts (fitting and rod) and the driver had to be located remotely, away from the luminaire.

The custom Panos pendant solution developed for the laboratories retained the pendant style of mounting and ensured original functionality.

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre has been designed to provide an adaptable working environment for the next sixty years in order to be able to respond to the rapid evolution of the neuroscience research industry. 

 

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