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Media City is the new city quarter of Manchester and the location of a major amenity lighting scheme by Sill UK


or many involved in the digital industries, the creative hub at Salford Quays is set to become a new home. Sill Lighting has been specified for the £650m development which is also home to the BBC, ITV, Coronation Street and The University of Salford


Some 330 of Sill’s 021 Mini Power Projectors with 140W cosmopolis lamps were the core technology to pro- vide the amenity lighting to Media City, and are used in numerous ways.


Flexibility Triple head units fixed to a special extended control gear profile were either wall mounted to the multi-storey car park, or column mounted for direct light. Pairs were column mounted for indirect light via secondary reflectors. Tapered columns topped by RGB LED finials supported five 021 projec- tors, with the capacity for ‘plug and play’ entertainment lighting as well. All 75 reflectors and 85 columns used were specially designed by Sill UK, including internal electrical distribu- tion and isolation and where neces- sary, infrastructure for CCTV cameras. For another part of the project 30 of


Sill’s 141 LED projectors, each with 36 LED lamps, were specified. These


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were for washing the facade of a 12 storey office block occupied by University of Salford Media Studies, retail outlets and offices.


Sill was specified by lighting designers, Pinniger, to provide its luminaires and expertise, and Pinniger’s Nick Harrison commented, “Pinniger called upon Sill’s manufac- turing expertise to help create some- thing unique that would tie in with the site wide colour change lighting. Sill manufactured bespoke tapered rolled conical columns crowned with colour changing finials that were paired with their 021 projectors. We have a good relationship with Sill Lighting as they consistently deliver specials to our exacting standards.”


A new community Media City’s bespoke community also features one of the biggest HD studio developments in Europe, 400 apart- ments, a Holiday Inn and a brand new tram stop in the heart of a five acre piazza. The idea of Media City was to develop a new vibrant and sustainable environment where people can live, work, study and visit.


All of the Sill projector types used on the scheme have Si12 corrosion resistant die-cast aluminium housings


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Above: in some areas of Media City, pairs of Sill’s 021 Mini Power Projectors are column mounted for indirect light via secondary reflectors


Below: in this part of Media City, five Sill 021 Mini Power Projectors are mounted on tapered conical columns crowned with colour changing LED finials


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with large heat dissipating cooling fins. The reflectors are made of 99.98% pure aluminium, chemically polished and anodised with a UV fil- tering toughened safety glass, sealed by a silicone gasket.


Designed for high power architec- tural accent and floodlighting, Sill’s 021 series compact projectors come in a choice of three symmetrical beam angles, which are suitable for lighting atria, columns, and all the features of contemporary building architecture. Sill’s 141 LED projectors are also a well suited lighting tool to upgrade or redefine any landscape.


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