The recently refurbished Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh is using new luminaries from Riegens as part of its lighting upgrade.

Specified by the consultants for the project, Riegens was chosen to design bespoke fittings that would sympathetically blend with the original features in the Category A-listed building. Riegens also supplied a variety of fittings from its standard product range.

The Royal Commonwealth Pool (known locally as the Commie) opened in Spring this year following an extensive £37m refurbishment and renovation programme by The City of Edinburgh Council. The venue, managed by Edinburgh Leisure, houses a 50m pool, state of the art gym, three fitness studios, café and childrens’ play area.

The layout of the building has been restored to enhance and promote the use of light within the facility, as was the vision and intention of the original architects back in 1967. The existing Iroko ceilings (wooden slatted design) within the reception, foyer and pool halls have been retained and were ice blasted to reform them to their former glory. Riegens designed recessed fittings using T8 and T5 lamps that looked like the original fittings in the Iroko ceilings, this time using the latest technology in prism optics, T8 and T5 lamps, and incorporating DALI digital dimming control systems.

The Riegens luminaires, installed by UK building support services company, Arthur McKay, were fitted with Tridonic’s EM PRO emergency lighting control units. Engineered to meet the demands of modern lighting schemes, the system is based on the DALI protocol for emergency lighting and can therefore be integrated into other DALI control lighting systems or managed as a stand alone system.

Fittings from Riegens’ standard range of products included Concido downlighters for the changing rooms, Mirac and Arbos recessed luminaires and Evac LED bulkheads for ancillary areas, along with Casino wall for stairwells and Linus to provide optimum light distribution in corridors.

All of the lighting supplied was included in the detailed ‘green plan’ for the building which also incorporates timed lighting controls.