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CASE STUDY

Tennent Caledonian's Wellpark Brewery

The nine large metallic tanks that stand in the grounds of Tennent Caledonian’s Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow are a well-known industrial landmark. Black Light replaced the old architectural lighting system that illuminated the tanks and also installed an external video projection system. The success of the project highlights our expertise on large-scale exterior lighting schemes. 

Service Type: Installation 
Sector: Architectural 
Completion: October 2012 
Location: Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery, Glasgow 
Client: 442 Design 
Kit list: 
  • Traxon Wall Washer Shield AC XB-36 (RGB 30deg Clear Cover) 
  • Traxon e:cue Light-Drive Elite
The project was part of a larger refurbishment scheme at the Brewery. The brief asked for a new architectural lighting system that could create a range of impressive coloured lighting effects on the sides of the brewery’s external tanks. A video system was also required to project promotional material. We were awarded the project after a successful tendering process with the client, design agency 442 Design. 
 
Our solution 
 
Because of their high IP rating and robustness, we chose Wall Washer Shield AC XB-36 RGB’s from Traxon (40 units were used). These were positioned to create washes of colour up the side of the tanks and to illuminate the structures, when necessary, from top to bottom. 
 
Intended for wall washing and grazing, the Wall Washer AC XB-36 RGB provides a sophisticated bright-light output that can be projected over long distances and which offers a broad range of colours. They were therefore perfect for the job. 
 
The units make use of LED technology which provides a range of benefits over other older technologies, including much longer lamp life, very low maintenance and running costs and greater control. The fittings have their own dimming equipment built in. 

Key project steps 
  • Based on the project specification we designed the system and procured the necessary equipment. 
  • A demonstration of the lighting fittings was carried out to ensure that the lighting effects they produced were  properly picked up on the reflective surface of the tanks.   
  • A demonstration of the video projection equipment was also conducted. 
  • After we received a ‘go ahead’ from the client, we then installed, programmed and commissioned the lighting and   projection equipment. 
  • The project saw our team on site for a couple of weeks.
Key challenges 
 
Due to the height of the brewery tanks we required high-level access equipment and expertise. We also needed qualified electricians to wire our system into the existing power supply. We have these capabilities in our team, so we were able to do everything ‘in house’. 
 
The project required a significant quantity of robust, high-quality LED fittings. We were able to procure these on budget and on schedule due to our partnership with Traxon (for whom we are an official partner). 
 
Control was provided by two locally linked e:cue Light-Drive Elites (wall-mounted standalone DMX controllers). Using these controls the user can easily set up colour change effects and control the brightness of the lighting. Time-clock switching was also specified to allow pre-defined running times (e.g. only during the hours of darkness).

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