The National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster will play an important part in meeting the future requirements of the UK rail sector. The building itself features an atrium and is divided up into a combination of office space, lecture rooms and workshops, which are spread across three storeys.
CP Electronics was tasked with meeting the lighting control requirements for the learning spaces. While the original plan was to opt for a fully-addressable system, the requirements of the project made this less suitable and so CP was able to recommend alternative lighting control solutions better suited for the task.
A key requirement of the project was that lighting had to be compatible with the intruder alarm system to allow for lights to be activated in the atrium when the alarm was triggered, and the choice of system made this a possibility.
CP’s Vitesse Plus standalone lighting control system and An10 wireless presence detectors were ideal for a building of this kind. Vitesse Plus lighting control system was used to provide graduated dimming throughout the office and classroom spaces, minimising energy consumption and cost by making the most of natural light sources. It also allows for all lights to be controlled via a single switch, while individual lights at the front of the class can be turned on and off, making the interactive whiteboard more visible to students. An-10 wireless presence detectors were used throughout corridors and stairways because the sensors are linked wirelessly, this also saved time on installation, reducing the overall complexity of the project.
According to the National College for High Speed Rail’s website, 30% of the current railway workforce require further training to deliver HS2. The new College sites in Doncaster and Birmingham should help develop the skills of the future workforce in the rail industry.