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Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

PUBLIC BUILDINGS Theatre

PUBLIC BUILDINGS Theatre Royal Glasgow A total transformation of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow has taken place with the help of our Mosaico range of luminaires. As well as ensuring that the energy-saving lighting solution complemented the new scheme, the brief was also to ensure that the new lighting succeeded in showcasing the architectural design of the venue whilst also affording the necessary flexibility for its varied usage. The Theatre Royal originally opened in 1867. It is the oldest theatre in Glasgow and the longest running in Scotland. Owned by The Scottish Opera since 1974, the theatre is used for operatics; ballet performances; pantomimes and a variety of theatrical productions. The recent, consortium-funded multimillion pound refurbishment has seen the addition of many new facilities. These include a landmark entrance hall; spacious foyer; the new Vanilla Black café; improved bar areas and toilets along with a modern box office with additional terminals. A brand new viewing gallery has also been constructed offering unique views of the auditorium; the addition of a roof terrace provides vistas across the city. Twin light source Mosaico recessed luminaires were installed in the theatre roof terrace area. These fixtures use a mixture of 70W CDM-T G12 lamps with an 88 degree beam angle and 35W CDM-T G12 lamps with a 74 degree beam angle. The fittings are finished with a non-standard, richgoldreflector which serves to lower the colour temperature of the light and exude the atmosphere and warmth the designers were seeking. For the new foyer and atrium exit points, black finish Mosaico fittings with 14W LEDs were used and for individual balcony spotlight areas, single Mosaico 14W LED Easy IOS. The IOS system combines a full range of beam widths and the ability to change optical configuration with classleading efficiency. 118 SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016

PUBLIC BUILDINGS The Mosaico is available in single or multiple in-line or square configurations with one to four light sources that allow for individual adjustment to achieve the desired lighting effect. Each of the separate light bodies can offer different beams and colours to give both the designer and user a varied and more interesting expression of illumination. The foyer extension for Scottish Opera at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal was focused on creating a transformational experience for audiences, encouraging wider community engagement and building a sustainable business for the future. The project focused on the audience’s journey from ‘street to seat’ – on improved approach, entrance, intuitive internal wayfinding and the provision of enhanced audience facilities. Provision of lifts to provide full access to all upper theatre balconies and compliance with accessibility legislation was an important driver behind the project, but also the Client’s desire to literally ‘open up’ the theatre and opera as an art form by the provision of open and welcoming foyers to attract a wider audience. SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016 119