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St Pancras International Station

St Pancras International Station

Background

To prepare St Pancras Station for its role as the London terminus for Eurostar, London & Continental Railways spent £800million restoring the original Barlow Shed to its Victorian grandeur and adding a new extension to accommodate the longer Eurostar trains. As part of this process, the lighting was renewed throughout the station.

The Needs

The platform lighting had to be housed within a catenary boom system that stretches to a total length of some 4.5km, suspended at a height of 3.2m from the T-shaped passenger information points located at intervals along each of the platforms. This called for a bespoke luminaire design, which had to achieve the required lighting levels for the platform edge while satisfying the structural requirements of the catenary system and meeting strict limitations on weight.

The Solution

The special luminaire designed and manufactured by Cooper Lighting and Safety satisfied all these requirements. Featuring an extruded aluminium housing with a toughened glass cover, the luminaire incorporates a reflector and louvre and is sealed to provide IP65 environmental protection. The use of a plug-andsocket connection system not only saved time during the initial installation but also minimises any disruption for maintenance work.

In addition, Cooper Lighting and Safety also designed and manufactured the vertical LED-based exit signs built into each passenger information point and the horizontal versions suspended above the concourse at the south end of the station. Derived from the company’s Britesign product, these 6W edge-lit exit signs offer a lifetime of up to 50,000 hours with virtually zero maintenance.

Behind the scenes, Cooper Lighting and Safety supplied some £100,000-worth of items from its standard range for offices and other areas of the station, including Synthesis suspended luminaires, Varsity surface luminaires, Wafer T5 suspended luminaires for direct/indirect illumination, Moduspec T5 modular recessed luminaires and Tufflite IP65 luminaires.

The Result

Over 1600 of the bespoke platform luminaires were supplied by Cooper Lighting and Safety to help revitalise St Pancras Station for the 21st century. As well as providing downlighting to illuminate the platform for passengers, the luminaires also included an element of uplighting, which provides some illumination for the vast arched roof of the Barlow Shed.

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