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Light Bureau Fordham Park, Lewisham


Walk in the park Fordham Park in Lewisham gets a lighting upgrade.


Light Bureau worked in collaboration with The Landscape Partnership to design and implement a lighting scheme for Lewisham's newest public space – Fordham Park. The London Borough of Lewisham has seen a number of parks improved and remodelled in recent times, and Fordham Park is the latest. Situated between New Cross and New Cross Gate stations, the park is a large and popular green space and thoroughfare. There is a community centre in the park and schools on the northern and southern boundaries. The Landscape Partnership's concept


was to create a play park with active zones, and also to improve legibility and interest for park users and commuters. The London Borough of Lewisham wanted an exemplary space and encouraged the design team to push the boundaries for this project. Light Bureau's architectural lighting


response to the brief was to create light for


Design-wise, the lanterns and posts are a simple, functional style, based on ventilation pipes present on site. The finish is simple galvanised.


recreation areas, very much at a human scale, extending the use after dark. To improve legibility and orientation on pathway lighting, illuminated colour coded lantern markers were designed, each route identified with a primary colour of red, blue or green. A major innovation was the design of bespoke lanterns using LED sources. These are very efficiently designed, and lensed in a way which places light where it is needed. They are also extremely long life and energy efficient. Based on manufacturer's claims of 70,000 hours, service life of the diodes should be well in excess of 15 years. The colour appearance is cool white, which is unusual for public areas, but research carried out by Light Bureau reveals that visual acuity is improved with a combination of good colour rendering sources with cool white temperature, based on studies into mesopic vision. Unlike normal discharge sources, solid-state lighting is dimmable, so further efficiencies can be made in future as dimming control can be added. Design-wise, the lanterns and posts are a simple, functional style, based on ventilation pipes present on site. The finish is simple galvanised. An underpass is included in the scheme, which picks up on the park pipe theme and, in addition, includes an art installation by Heather Burrell. Light Bureau's lighting solution is visually very different from traditional underpass schemes, and the way fittings are placed provides excellent vertical and soffit lighting, improving user's perception and experience. Lamps to the pipe structure are fluorescent; very efficient and with the particular lamp specified, service life is approximately 80,000 hours. London Borough of Lewisham is very happy with the improvements, and has received positive comments from users. It is hoped that the innovations at Fordham Park will encourage other boroughs and designers to challenge convention more whilst still achieving important objectives of energy and longevity.


Contact


Light Bureau 020 7498 6111 www.lightbureau.com


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