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Replacement of the Lighting Control System

The British Library's main building at St. Pancras in London is the largest public building constructed in the UK in the 20th century, with total floor area of over 112 000 sq metres spread over 9 floors above ground, plus 5 levels of basements that extend to a depth of 24.5 metres.

There are reading rooms, exhibition areas and conference facilities as well as storage and office areas, each with their own lighting requirements.

The complex was installed with a computer based lighting management system but this and its components had become obsolete. The system (appoximately 114 outstations and 1200 local lighting control units in the ceiling voids) required replacement.

The British Libray


  • Review of lighting control systems
  • Recommendations for change
  • Specification for replacing the system
  • OJEC notice and pre-selection of contractors prior to tendering
  • Enquiry and clarification
  • Tender assessment
  • Assessment of reference projects by tenderers

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  * Photos thanks to the the British Library website 

  TGR 22 Dec 2004