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Nottingham Tram Depot

Nottingham Tram Depot


Nottingham Express Transit (NET) is the first tram service to operate in Nottingham since 1936 and carried 8.4 million passengers in its first year alone.

The Needs

The lighting scheme for the NET maintenance depot had to provide illumination of the highest quality, using luminaires that were sturdily constructed to withstand the general rigours of such a demanding environment. In addition, it was essential to include adequate emergency lighting so that the building could be safely vacated in the event of a power failure.

The Solution

To meet these requirements, Cooper Lighting and Safety supplied a variety of robust industrial luminaires. Pacemaker luminaires were chosen for high-bay areas, while Tufflite luminaires were favoured for lower-level use. Emergency lighting was provided by a combination of Beamlite beam projectors and emergency versions of the Tufflite luminaire.

The Pacemaker high-bay luminaire is ideal for this sort of application as it features a heavy-gauge galvanised-steel chassis with an anodised aluminium cover, making it both robust and corrosion resistant. It is also equipped with a ventilated gear housing for long life and an efficient self-cleaning aluminium reflector to ensure uniform light distribution and glare control.

The robustly constructed Tufflite fluorescent luminaires are designed to withstand the most aggressive of conditions: as well as having high impact resistance, they are sealed to IP65 standard to prevent the ingress of dust and water. The fully integral emergency versions provide a 3 hour duration in the event of mains failure.

Beamlite proved to be the perfect solution for emergency lighting in the high-bay areas of the NET depot. This self-contained beamprojector luminaire features a robust steel enclosure and twin multidirectional swivel-and-turn lamp heads equipped with high-intensity light sources for efficient illumination of long, narrow escape routes. All installation work at the NET maintenance depot was carried out by contractor Crown House Engineering.

The Result

The Cooper Lighting and Safety lighting scheme satisfied all the project’s requirements by providing effective illumination from robustly constructed fittings, as well as ensuring that the necessary levels of emergency lighting were provided throughout the depot.

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