Control experts CP Electronics has supplied its fully addressable and networkable RAPID lighting control system for use in the newly refurbished Old Admiralty Building, London SW1A. The Grade II listed building has been home to some of the most famous figures in history, including Winston Churchill when he was First Lord of the Admiralty along with former naval intelligence office and James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
The Grade II listing of the building presented many challenges to the design and installation team, as decorative cornices and wood panelling could not be disturbed so the installation of wiring routes and DALI cabling required careful consideration and planning.
CP’s RAPID System was specified for the project to control all lighting throughout the building including the roof and external lighting. The project utilises CP’s full RAPID System, comprising 217 DALI gateways and 52 pluggable LCM’s (Lighting Control Modules) plus 500 6-pole Vitesse modular LCM’s for the DALI and power to the lights. The installation had to ensure that each rise demise has its own area controller, with 5 riser demises over the 5 floors to allow for control via local occupancy detectors and scene plates along with switches for roof and plant lighting. CP also supplied 1800 PIR’s and a head-end PC with emergency monitoring to provide full monitoring, testing and reporting which can quickly identify issues with specific luminaires or devices that can be easily rectified.
Corridor hold has been used to ensure occupants never walk into unlit spaces and scene setting is available in all offices and meeting/conference rooms. The emergency testing procedure is automated with function and duration tests that are set up as a scheduled calendar event. This means a report can be easily generated and exported to Excel for analysis by the FM team, enabling them to fulfil their due diligence for emergency lighting tests and maintenance.