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F51 skatepark, UK


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  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

Thorn Lighting illuminates world's first multi-storey skatepark

F51 is the world’s first purpose-built multi-storey skatepark. Located in Folkestone on the UK’s south east coast, the modern, world-class building was designed by Guy Holloway Architects.

It’s aim? To revolutionise not just towns and cities, but also the way that youth and sports facilities are incorporated into urban planning.

Along with 2,100 square metres of skateable surface and suspended concrete bowls, F51 is home to 15m high climbing walls offering over 580 square metres of climbing and bouldering space and boxing apparatus.

Working in collaboration with Guy Holloway Architects and the Roger De Hann Charitable Trust, P A Grant Electrical Contractors Ltd established a complete lighting scheme for this £17 million project using indoor and outdoor solutions from Thorn.

“All products were selected for their rigidity, lighting quality and efficiency,” said Key Account Manager, Nick Hughes. “For the concrete bowls and skating areas, approximately 500 AquaForce Pro luminaires were used. They fitted the application perfectly due to their wide beam optics and drip edge design which prevents dust depositing on the light output surface - essential in this open wire mesh building.” In addition to its low maintenance qualities, the energy saving opportunities it offers makes AquaForce Pro a responsible choice.

Emergency lighting was also an important consideration in this popular sporting venue. The use of Voyager Star meant that the quantity of luminaires was minimised while still meeting all relevant safety standards.

Outside, PLAZA 35 floodlights provide a uniform, warm lit effect to the building façade without spilling light onto neighbouring residential and commercial properties. Due to the high performance of PLAZA 35, the quantity of required luminaires was reduced by 30% - another tick in the energy-saving box.

Other products selected from Thorn’s portfolio included Omega Pro, ForceLED and EyeKon.

Paul Grant, Managing Director of P A Grant Electrical Contractor said, “We really enjoyed working with Thorn Lighting on this project and found that the luminaires were well selected for this specific application. The service, from elements of design right through to delivery, was very good and the highlight was seeing the Plaza 35s transform the exterior of the building into a landmark. By choosing Thorn, we knew we’d be working with a competent partner, so felt assured that the design would be correct and suitable, and we had confidence in the products themselves, as well as the aftercare service.”