Birmingham National Exhibition Centre LED upgrade results in a 78% drop in lighting energy usage
The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham is the UK’s largest, and one of Europe’s busiest, exhibition venues with its 20 exhibition halls spanning a 480 acre site.
As part of their sustainability focus, and to streamline operating costs, the NEC wanted to replace all back of house lighting with LED luminaires, complete with on board lighting controls including microwave sensors and step dimming. Additionally the client was seeking to match or exceed existing light levels.
Following a competitive tender process, APC Lighting was selected to upgrade lighting across the NEC’s network of staff only areas including kitchens, plant rooms, offices, stairwells, storage and access areas for exhibitors.
The project in detail
Following a detailed site survey, APC put forward a proposal for an LED lighting upgrade that would result in a 78% reduction in kWh use, leading to total savings of over £1 million over five years following installation. Over the three month project, 2,959 fittings/luminaires were upgraded in all back of house areas for 16 of the exhibition halls including kitchen areas.
APC worked closely with the NEC’s facilities management provider CBRE to project manage the installation to fit in with the packed schedule of events. When shows were taking place the tunnels below and the entrances to each hall could not be worked on. APC worked with the client’s events calendar, and scheduled installation around the timetable which included night work; particularly in Hall 2 where the long-running show ‘Dinosaurs in the Wild’ was taking place.
The lighting upgrade resulted in a lighter, brighter back of house and significant savings in energy.
John Hatt, Contracts Director, APC Lighting
The project’s success is a testament to our whole team and their ability to provide an end-to end solution from site surveys and product specifications through to project management, installation and finally commissioning of the lights and controls.