Auditorium

Location

Edinburgh

Listing Designer

KSLD

Contract Manager

Dean Stevens

The Brief

In consultation with the client and their design team, we were tasked with reviewing the existing lighting (low- and high-level), which was now deemed to be too expensive and difficult to maintain. Numerous fittings were now obsolete and the overall lighting had to be upgraded to meet current television standards. The newly designed lighting format was to be installed, tested and commissioned within the non-negotiable deadline.

As well as being a prestigious client, this was a high-profile project to be completed in a relatively short timescale.

Details

Throughout this project we had to constantly manage the on-site labour to meet the demands of the deadline. Given the works involved, there were numerous opportunities for slippage. Some we were aware of prior to works commencing (summer projects mean summer holidays for operatives and sub-contractors also) and were able to put in place a contingency plan. Others cropped up usually at particularly inappropriate moments and required some nimble footwork to ensure the project stayed on course.

Phase by phase, we knew that it was vital to meet all milestones as any delay would have an adverse effect on the next phase of the project.

Outcome

Preparing well for this project stood us in good stead but what we had confirmed was the need to be organised and be aware of what could wrong.

On completion of the works, the finished auditorium received a number of awards including 1st place at the International Codega Lighting Awards.

The background to the room is that it regularly functions as very large TV studio; at all times it stands as an architectural statement open to staff and visitors.

The installation was completed on time which, given the location and the publicity involved, understandably met with approval from all concerned. To round off a very successful project, the finished result received numerous positive comments from our client and indirectly, from a large number of end users.