RAPID, DALI and standalone presence detectors in Daily Express Building

The Brief:

The iconic Daily Express Building originally built in 1939, in Great Ancoats Street, Manchester received a recent refurbishment. The restoration of the Grade II* listed facility has resulted in the building now offering 77,500 sq. ft. of contemporary workspace.

Our Insight:

The refurbished building needed a modern lighting control solution throughout its building. The lighting control solution considered energy savings by utilising daylight harvesting and adjusted to the wiring demands of the space due to its reduced space for cable wiring and plasterboard ceilings.

Our Solution:

Limited Space for Cable Management

CP Electronics supplied its RAPID fully addressable system with daylight compensation which had to be carefully planned due to certain containment and wiring routes within the building.   The light fittings could contain up to 3 LED sections all requiring independent control which was achieved using area controllers and DALIG64’s.  With little room for cable management above ceilings, CP Electronics BVITM6 lighting control modules were used as a marshalling box providing CSK with a local isolation point whilst still being able to control each independent unit as required.


Lighting control for Plasterboard Ceilings

With the lighting mounted into plasterboard ceilings as opposed to recessed fixings this presented the challenge of PIR sensitivity, so in order to overcome this, CP Electronics suggested using its EBR-MINPIR-DALI Mini.  The compact size together with multiple mounting options make this product ideal for mounting in, or attaching to, luminaires to provide local control of individual fittings. 

This presence detector detects movement using a PIR sensor to turn the load on. When an area is no longer occupied the load will switch off after an adjustable time out period.


Lighting Control for Lobby area, Staircase and WC

The lift lobby floor area lighting was not dimmable but required interfacing with CP Electronics control system, the perfect solution for this was to use the volt free relay within the DALIG64 that allowed for the lights to be turned off and on using the presence detectors already installed on the floor. The staircase and WC areas were not required to be fully addressable so standalone 230v presence detectors were installed.

The Result:

Through the use of the CP Electronics RAPID system, the refurbished Daily Express Building received a smart modern lighting control solution that met the requirement of providing an energy-efficient solution for the iconic building.