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Anolis shows Nottingham Castle in new light

The UK’s landmark Nottingham Castle reopened in June 2021 following a £30 million refurbishment which started in 2018. Part of the new look is an Anolis exterior LED lighting scheme illuminating all four sides of the building, comprising 17 x Anolis Divine 160 fixtures which was designed by Ian Forrow of IJF Lighting and commissioned by On Event Production from Castle Donnington. Electrical installation and fixtures were supplied by Amptron Electrical Services Ltd who were the appointed electrical contractor for the whole project which included the external lighting.


On Event Production is the technical supplier for the local council’s city hall building, Nottingham Council House, and was asked to consult on renewing the Castle lighting by Richard Hamblin, who has co-ordinated and run the Nottingham Castle renovation project for the City Council. On Event’s own project manager Alex Tweedie explains that the brief from Hamblin was to replace the old metal halide lighting scheme. Anolis was selected as the lighting provider.


The Anolis Divine 160 fixtures are installed in new lighting positions, some similar in location to the previous lights around the four facades of the building. The building can be instantly transformed into alternative colours or colour schemes as the units can be run in four separate zones if needed. Each Divine is fitted with a cowl to reduce light spill into the sky and surrounding area.


The 17 x Divine 160s are all in close range to the building and cover its substantial dimensions. Custom optics were needed for some Divine units to ensure the best coverage, especially those on the north side facade where the fixtures lighting the main wall are positioned on the roof of a lower section of the building. The Divine 160s are controlled via a Pharos TPC and EXT, and the system has a custom touch screen for users within the castle that can also be remotely accessed by the team at On Events without attending site.


For additional flexibility, the Castle lights are running via Art-Net and can be connected to an external controller e.g., one that might be controlling a concert or an event show lighting system, allowing them to be synched. They can also be aligned with the nearby Council House’s lighting scheme for special events like New Year’s Eve and the city’s annual Light Night. The default nightly setting for the lights is a slightly warm white, a bit of a tungsten touch that blends with and complements the yellow sandstone of the walls.


(Photos: Lindsay Cave/Paul Clarke, paulclarke.com/Louise Stickland)





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