Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh – UK

BLADE and MAGNA are the stars of the show as they illuminate the façade and grounds of the new Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Part of the Scottish Government’s ‘Scotland’s Schools for the Future’ scheme, Boroughmuir High School is a brand new building offering more space and facilities for the pupils and teaching staff.

The state-of-the-art building replaces the current building, providing increased sports facilities, featuring the first roof-top pitch in Scotland which helps to make the most of a compact inner-city site. The school, moved from its current site in Viewforth and is now located next to the Union Canal at Fountainbridge and accommodates 1,165 pupils. Other features include a multi-functional atrium and classrooms with quick access to collaborative break-out spaces – something we are big champions of at acdc! The new building incorporates a public park, which sits on the banks of the Union Canal. This project has been part funded by the Scottish Government through their ‘Scotland’s Schools for the Future’ Programme which is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust.

Working closely with both the client and Ken Gunn from Buro Happold who specified acdc for the project, 40 IGLU linear, LED wall wash luminaires were chosen for the façade of the new building. IGLU is a compact fitting providing an even, continuous and powerful output with excellent colour rendering. For Boroughmuir High School the fittings have been installed end to end for a continuous wall wash effect.

In addition, acdc’s BLADE MICRO, a powerful, wall grazing linear LED luminaire was also installed to provide a different effect on the façade. BLADE MICRO is IP20/IP67 rated and provides an even wash of light up to 10 meters whilst blending seamlessly within architectural environments. BLADE MICRO is available in lengths of 400mm, 800mm and 1200mm that can be installed end to end for a continuous wall wash effect. And as you’d expect from acdc, a full range of accessories is available providing the ultimate in glare control and fitting options!

Magna IP68 compact, in-ground luminaires have been installed in the grounds of the facility to create an attractive and safe environment during twilight hours and beyond. Magna is a triple LED marker light and wallwash luminaire delivering  350lm with a 7 degree tilt as standard (0 degree tilt option available on request) and is supplied with a choice of clear or frosted glass for minimal glare.

acdc oversaw the lighting project from the initial concept stage,  luminaire specification and final commissioning of all of the fittings used on the £35m new build project and provided the ideal solution.


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