The £5m green Science Centre at Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh, Hampshire, has three storeys and includes nine state-of-the-art laboratories and preparation rooms for the study of biology, chemistry and physics. There is also classroom space, a café and extensive private study areas. The centre was formally opened in December 2015 by Professor Joanna Haigh of Imperial College London, who is Co-Director of The Grantham Institute for Climate Change. This was particularly appropriate, given that the building was specifically designed to be environmentally friendly.
The Science Centre’s green credentials stem from a range of innovations, including lighting controls supplied by CP Electronics. In particular, the Vitesse Plus lighting control system was used in the teaching spaces and café, with microwave presence/absence detectors. With each Vitesse Plus lighting control module allowing 10 luminaire outputs to be configured as three channels for switching and dimming, the system provides great flexibility and adaptability. The Vitesse Plus user can manually control the on/off, dimming and absence/presence detection capabilities of their lighting, and the switch inputs can easily be configured to switch channels together or separately, as required. Further features including corridor hold output, and a range of customised wiring options, are also available.
In the corridor and stair areas, microwave detectors were used. Passive infrared (PIR) presence detectors have been used in the toilets, storage and office spaces. The use of these detectors generates both cost and energy savings, because lights are automatically switched off when a space is not being used and, because most of CP Electronics’ presence detectors incorporate lux sensors, they can adjust the use of light according to the ambient light availability. In other words, if there is sufficient natural light in the room, the lighting system ‘knows’ not to waste resources and leaves the lights off.
For the electrical contractors involved in the Barton Peveril project, working with CP Electronics provided several clear advantages.
Adam Searle of JB Hopkins Limited, who worked on the science centre, echoes those sentiments. “When working on a specialist project of this size and where the environmental profile of the building is so important, it really pays to work with highly experienced professionals who are market leaders in this area. CP Electronics fit that description perfectly, and they gave us a flexible, environmentally friendly solution that was straightforward to install, easy to configure and best of all, gives the end user exactly what they want in a cost-effective way.”
Martin Laws, of Accolade Building Services, who installed CP Electronics units in the new teaching block, private study areas and café, commented: “Thanks to CP Electronics’ innovative and forward-thinking products, we have been able to give our client a highly flexible solution that can be programmed and re-programmed quickly and easily, according to their changing needs. That’s great news for everyone involved.” By installing CP’s absence detection in all areas and by using LED luminaires wherever possible, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College benefits from increased energy efficiency.