Leeds Municipal Offices
Place: Leeds, United Kingdom
Designer: Principal Lighting
Lighting fixtures: Heron
Leeds is a dynamic and lively city that has recently grown into an important industrial and financial centre in the United Kingdom, after London.
The city overlooks the River Aire, in the northern region of Yorkshire and Humber, with a wild and rough landscape, like only the moorland can be, and also so evocative to be chosen as the privileged setting of many novels by the Brontë sisters. The economy has largely benefited from its strategic position, between the western and eastern coast of Great Britain; the peak of its economic development was during the industrial revolution thanks to the flourishing wool manufacturing and trade. The presence of important universities, such as the University of Leeds, the Leeds Metropolitan University and the Leeds Trinity University, has made it a youthful and vibrant city, rich in different ethnic groups; plus there are many places for entertainment and shopping that, though recently built, evoke the past, such as the Leeds Town Hall, hosting concerts and plays opened by Queen Victoria, and the Victoria Quarter that with a fine architecture is considered the first shopping arcade in North England.
In Leeds, past and present go hand in hand: the Henry Moore Institute, an ancient warehouse, also dating back to the Victorian era, today hosts sculptures created between 1850 and 1950, or the Leeds Art Gallery that contains works of art from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries or also the Royal Armouries Museum, with a rich exhibition of royal weapons and suits of armour.
The redevelopment works also concerned the city hall where several administrative offices were completed renovated.
To upgrade the lighting system, the managers chose the Heron recessed ceiling fixtures manufactured by Disano, characterised by a square and modern frame design. This particular product was chosen for its innovative and hi-tech nature: these products use LED sources that allow excellent colour rendering (CRI 93), office-friendly glare rating (UGR<19) and a luminous emission without the hazardous flicker effect, all combined with a sharp cut in energy costs. It is the ideal lighting system for all those places, including work spaces, where lights stay on all day long and must be comfortable, stable and healthy.