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Out and About A.C. Special Projects Kings Cross Station London, UK


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A. C. Special Projects Ltd supplies LED lighting for a new King’s Cross Station Western Concourse installation.


As part of National Rail’s plan to improve rail travel in the UK, King’s Cross railway station is in the process of a five-year restoration programme. As part of this, the Western Concourse has recently seen the biggest transformation in the 160-year history of the station. A. C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. supplied a quantity of customised Anolis ArcPad Xtreme LED fixtures and Pharos architectural control to illuminate the roof structure of the concourse. Simon King of Arup, who is the Lead Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health Engineer for the King’s Cross station redevelopment project, designed a wonderful lighting scheme focused on both aesthetics and functionality. King’s vision was for a “perfectly beautiful flow of light” across the curve of the concourse roof, combining the old and new architecture of the space. Victorian Grade I aspects of the building date back to 1852, so lighting needed to blend with these existing features whilst suiting the exciting design of the new roof structure. Firstly, ACSP arranged several demonstrations and mock-ups involving


different LED lighting solutions, which took place at their premises in High Wycombe and on-site. Because of the vast array of products that ACSP has access to as part of its portfolio, King was able to examine a number of options in depth, allowing him to make a truly informed decision. Mock-ups allowed Arup to see the actual output of all the shortlisted fixtures, and also present the proposed visualisation effect to the client and architect. 24 Anolis ArcPad Xtreme fixtures were selected for the installation, and are rigged on a series of special brackets below a high level walkway to illuminate the concourse’s mezzanine floor, with throw distances varying from 5 to 20 metres. The lighting design required DMX control


to create full colour looks, and to allow for the lighting to be changed for special occasions. ACSP programmed and commissioned a Pharos LPC2 controller on-site, working to a list of events and occasions for which Network Rail required unique looks.


The team at ACSP are really proud with their contribution to the project; “It’s great for us to be involved in another London landmark project for visitors to see for years to come!”


Contact


A.C. Special Projects Ltd. +44 (0) 1494 838392 www.acspecialprojects.com


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