Project Overview

Queen Mary University, London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 17,800 students, 4,000 staff and an annual turnover of £300m, it is one of London’s largest Universities.

The University has a Salix Finance fund for investment in energy and carbon saving projects. Briar Associates assisted in identifying Salix compliant projects, providing mechanical & electrical design and project managing installation contractors.

Existing fluorescents
New LED lighting

Library LED Lighting

One project involved replacing the library lighting with more energy efficient luminaires and improving lighting controls. Mainly T8 fluorescent tube lights were replaced with LED alternatives (by Apollo). In addition new PIR controls (by Setsquare) were installed to provide presence based control in the bookshelf aisles.

Energy Performance

Monitoring of electricity consumption on the existing and new lighting has demonstrated energy savings of over 70% and a financial saving of over £4000 per month is being realised. This has exceeded our business case projections.

Project Complexity

Maintaining appropriate illumination levels was important so lighting design was crucial to ensure replacement luminaires provided a suitable environment for study and user comfort. The installation work was carried out during summer holidays, however the library remained operational throughout, so careful phasing of works and good communication with library users and managers was vital.

Client Comment:

Kerry Horvath, Energy Reduction Manager at Queen Mary University of London said “It’s great to achieve a significant energy saving while maintaining a high quality study environment. The new lighting has gone down well with our library users”

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