Middleport Pottery installs standalone presence detectors

The Brief:

Middleport Pottery in Stoke-On-Trent is one of the last working Victorian Potteries in the UK and famed for its appearance on BBC Two’s, Great Pottery Throw Down. Built in 1888 by Burgess and Leigh Ltd, the dilapidated Grade II-listed factory has been given a new lease of life, thanks to a regeneration grant from the Prince’s Trust.

The building has been transformed into a modern Centre of Excellence, providing training and education to the local community with emphasis on traditional British craftsmanship. Still a working pottery, the building also features a series of business support and educational units.

Consulting engineers at E3 cited CP Electronics as a preferred provider of lighting control in its performance specification to satisfy the requirement for presence and absence detection throughout the building. With only a modest budget to cover the regeneration, the potential energy savings from CP Electronics intelligent lighting solutions would result in large-scale cost savings over time.

Our Insight:

“A key requirement of the project was for building managers to have greater control over the energy consumption of the facility.

“We also had to factor in the ageing building to ensure the solutions we suggested were compliant with building regulations.

“As part of the refurbishment project, some areas of pottery production were relocated to other areas of the building to create space for other features such as the museum, shop, dining area and a conference facility. With a complex mechanical brief, we wanted to make the lighting and electrical stage as simple as possible.”

Our Solution:

“We recommended using a variety of passive infrared (PIR) and microwave presence detectors, including high-bay PIR detectors and compact flush-mounted microwave detectors which are used to reduce the amount of time lighting is left on unnecessarily.

“Presence detectors are an ideal solution to preventing energy wastage as they only activate when they sense movement, ensuring rooms are only lit when required. Most of our sensors also include built-in light level sensors which will monitor the natural light levels and keep lighting off if there is enough lighting.”

The Result:

“The simple, intuitive and discrete design of our PIRs and microwave presence detectors means they blend into the listed interior of Middleport Pottery. They also provide an excellent level of lighting control and energy savings for the building and facilities managers, which was one of the key requirements of this project.”