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reated to showcase the renowned poetry and culture surrounding its namesake, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum has recently undergone a lighting scheme upgrade. Featuring a variety of Concord architectural fittings by Havells-Sylvania, the new design highlights the stunning exterior and discreetly blends into the museum’s interior to show off the pieces of work on display. Following a detailed brief from the client, David Hurst at Full-On Lighting Design developed a scheme which created as much of an impact on the exterior as it did on the interior. Outside, the SIMES architectural range is employed (for which Havells-Sylvania is the exclusive partner in the UK) with bollards providing welcoming light around the entrance of the museum. Similarly, compact, round SIMES 20W metal halide uplighters are used to wall wash the dry stone wall entrance facade creating a striking visual effect for visitors during the evening. For the interior, David worked together

with Havells-Sylvania to design a customised ‘lighting raft’ fixture that provided a first-class light source that also housed all system cabling and the museum’s PA system. Once the design

was agreed a total of forty five rafts were connected into nine separate lines. Concord Continuum, with 200 Concord Torus spotlights were integrated with DMX control for infinitely flexible scene- setting possibilities.

“Between us all, I think we’ve created a truly innovative lighting scheme at the Burns Museum,” comments David Hurst. “The blend of fixtures and controls has opened up a wealth of lighting possibilities for the museum which can be utilised as the exhibits and displays change and evolve.”

It is not just in the main gallery that

Havells-Sylvania products have been used; Concord LED 150 and Concord Decade Recessed products illuminate the shop and reception.

The museum itself is a modern building housing the world’s most important collection of Robert Burns’s life and works and is set in ten acres of the poet’s cherished Alloway countryside. Also part of the museum is the Burns Cottage where the poet was born, and gardens created in his honour.

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Partnership between Musgrove Park Hospital and Schneider Electric continues to spark


he ongoing project set out by Schneider Electric and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is due to embark on its next phase to deliver substantial energy savings. The focus has been on reducing energy demand and is now moving to supply generation and sustainability with the installation of high performance photovoltaic panels. Following Schneider Electric’s initial recommendations, 180 technical energy

saving solutions will be implemented by December 2012. These will see the Trust’s Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton save £17 million over the next 20 years, freeing up money that can be ploughed back into patient care. The solar PV technology will go some way in meeting the hospital’s overall energy needs and reducing its reliance on the grid.

Implemented in June 2012, the project saw 90 panels fitted onto the building’s roof space. It is estimated that this will provide up to 18,690kWh of electricity per annum – equating to an energy saving of £5,000. The array visibly demonstrates Musgrove’s commitment to sustainability and energy saving. To further cement the two companies’ partnership, Schneider Electric sponsored three categories at this year’s Musgrove Awards for Tremendous Achievement or MAFTAs – an awards evening run


exclusively for employees of the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. The company also selected the overall winner of the Green Award category. Jo Cubbon, chief executive of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, comments: “Following the initial stages of our partnership with the Schneider Electric team, it’s great to see the project continue to move forward and the installation of the photovoltaic panels will take us another step in our quest for sustainability. “By encouraging employees to embrace the energy efficiency culture and identify waste within their area of the business, we can continually reduce our impact on the environment around us. The MAFTAs were introduced as a way of rewarding people within the organisation who have surpassed our expectations and in turn, improved the Trust as a whole.”

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