A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP) have assisted Hoare Lea in bringing their dynamic lighting scheme to life for etc.venues’ 68,000 sq ft multi-use event space inside the iconic London County Hall – providing an e:cue control system to meet the venue’s bespoke needs.

Situated on the Southbank of the Thames with an enviable location next to The London Eye, as well as breathtaking views over The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the historic County Hall location is etc.venues’ largest event space of 15 sites around the Capital, and a major historic tourist destination.

The award-winning lighting team at Hoare Lea worked closely with lead interior designer, Jestico + Whiles and executive architect, Synergy Architects, restoring County Hall to create a unique conference space for etc.venues.

The project included upgrading the building with integrated lighting elements to reveal and accentuate its architectural history, and help to create spaces with flexible ambient lighting serving and enhancing different events and tasks, ranging from large conferences to small group brainstorming sessions.

Spread over two floors, the etc.venues County Hall features a reception, conference and meeting rooms, a snug bar and restaurant wings. Many of the 30 rooms can be used individually, or combined with adjacent spaces to create a huge range of different sizes and configurations. As well as 12 flexible conference and meeting areas, there a number of suites with a capacity of up to 400 which can combined into multi-purpose spaces for up to 900 guests. The venue also offers smaller meeting and training rooms, as well as exclusive-use spaces.

When it came to the provision of a highly flexible and user-friendly new lighting control solution to
cater for the re-configurable, multi-use event spaces, Hoare Lea were keen to utilise the state of the art e:cue control and automation system. They approached A.C. Special Projects, a highly experienced e:cue specialist and ‘certified partner’ with a track record of providing their systems for various large-scale architectural projects, to provide a bespoke e:cue solution.

AC-SP Project Manager, Chris Little attended numerous site meetings with Hoare Lea, the venue and the electrical contractor, to discuss the site’s bespoke control requirements. He then designed
the end-to-end e:cue system, programmed and commissioned it to deliver the dynamic lighting design.

Various DALI fittings throughout the venue are controlled on each floor by an e:cue ETH2DALI. e:cue Butler XT2s are used to relay information from partition switches to the e:cue system and control DMX lighting in the re-configurable suites, so it can be adjusted according to the actual room configuration.

e:cue Glass Touch 6 panels provide staff with simple operation of the lighting according to the room configuration. AC-SP programmed each room panel with a specific range of preset white and coloured static lighting looks based on Hoare Lea’s lighting design, to provide the venue with a choice of looks and adjustment options to enable them to tailor the lighting for specific types of client events held in each space. Each room’s lighting can also be controlled remotely on e:cue’s Action Pad app loaded onto Apple iPad tablets.

As well as overseeing the project’s lighting control system and liaising with Hoare Lea, the venue and the electrical contractor, AC-SP produced in-depth DALI Bus Layout, DMX and wiring diagrams, and supplied the e:cue system control racks pre-built and wired to connect on-site with the diagrams, to assist the contractor with the installation.

etc.venues County Hall’s head of design, Franck Rosello commented: “We like to add value to our clients by offering them built-in advanced features such as dimmable and colour changing lighting that can be the backdrop to a brand – turning any event into a memorable experience. A.C. Special Projects delivered the perfect technical solution to meet ours and Hoare Lea’s particular requirements. The County Hall lighting system has been extremely well received by our client base and there is no doubt in my mind that it has helped to reinforce the building’s position as one of London’s leading premium corporate event spaces, with the technology to match.”

Hoare Lea’s lighting designer, Brad Joseph commented: “Conference centres can be utilitarian spaces, geared towards footfall rather than human experience. Our brief for County Hall was to challenge this norm, providing cohesive spaces with a hospitality feel. Hoare Lea’s lighting design narrative, which focuses on historical appreciation, colour and texture, demonstrates how light can create impressive spaces, rich in visual depth and mood, and with the required flexibility. A.C. Special Projects provided an elegant bespoke e:cue control system meeting the venue’s multi-layered, technically challenging lighting requirements. Their solution delivers our lighting design with the perfect level of functionality, flexibility and simplicity our client needed. The support throughout the project from them has been excellent.”

AC-SP’s project manager, Chris Little commented: “It was a pleasure to work with Hoare Lea and etc.venues on this prestigious project. The e:cue system was ideal for the venues’ technically demanding lighting requirements, providing a huge amount of creative flexibility and simple control.”
_________________________________________________________________________________

Lighting equipment supplied by A.C. Special Projects included:

Design of bespoke e:cue lighting control system consisting of:

4th Floor
• e:cue Butler XT2
• e:cue ETH2DALI
• Osram DALI SO SW
• Osram Light Presence Sensor
• e:cue Glass Touch T6
• e:cue Glass Touch T12
• Network Switches
• e:cue LCE MX Server
• Custom wall mount enclosures pre-wired with above for electrical contractor

3rd Floor
• e:cue LCE MX Server
• e:cue ETH2DALI
• e:cue Butler XT2
• e:cue Glass Touch T12
• e:cue Glass OTuch T 6
• OSRAM DALI SO SW
• Network Switches
• Custom wall mount enclosures pre-wired with above for electrical contractor

Supply, programming and commissioning of the system.
Contact A.C. Special Projects now to see how they can help you to achieve your aspirations, on +44 (0)1494 838392 / info@acspecialprojects.com