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Podium finish as Cooper Lighting illuminates F1 Grand Prix Finale

Mar 25, 2010

As the high-octane Formula 1 season comes to an end, with Britain’s Jenson Button crowned champion, a Doncaster lighting company is celebrating making the final race a dazzling success.

The creators of the Yas Island Marina Hotel turned to Cooper Lighting when they needed a world-class lighting solution for the showpiece of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 500-room, 85,000 sq m hotel, created by architects Asymptote to be one of the best in the world, is part of the $36 billion dollar Yas Marina development and accompanying Formula 1 race circuit.

The showcase hotel features stunning sweeping, cantilever forms constructed of steel, with more than 5,800 individually-designed glass panels to give the building a stunning crystal veil in the day that is lit up at night in a dazzling display – with bespoke lights created by Cooper Lighting.

Managing Director Gavin Smith commented: “This was an exciting and demanding project to be involved with that ably demonstrated the capability of Cooper to meet the challenges set by our customers.”

The external lighting requirement for the hotel created a problem – how to install 5,500 light fixtures that could withstand the harsh desert heat, with temperatures regularly exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit, desert dust and wind speeds of up to 120 kph.

After an initial introduction to the demanding product brief, a meeting was held with Lighting Consultants ARUP in New York to work through the specifics of the design. Details were sent back to Cooper Lighting’s in-house design team and within two weeks, a fully working prototype was completed.

Just a few weeks later, after thorough optical and endurance testing, a full working mock-up consisting of 12 fixtures was built in the gruelling Abu Dhabi desert for final approval.

With some subtle design changes to optimise the illumination of the glass panels, the product was ready to go into production at Cooper Lighting’s Doncaster facility.

As the glass panels on the hotel are mounted at different angles, each fixture was fitted with one of five micro prismatic controllers to ensure accurate and even illumination.

Cooper Lighting implemented a lean manufacturing cleanroom environment that met the customer’s exacting standards, supported by a focused project team which established a clear communications structure, robust quality procedures, and strict supply chain systems. This ensured the strictly defined time-frames and budgets were met and any problems eradicated early on, all with enough flexibility to adapt to any client changes through the project.

And the result – the pictures speak for themselves.

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