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University of Glasgow

By 2nd February 2018Case Studies, Education

The BHF (British Heart Foundation) Cardiovascular Research Centre opened at Glasgow University in 2014. It is the newest BHF Centre for Excellence in the UK, bringing together leading scientists from around the world to conduct ground-breaking research with the single aim of conquering heart disease.

We were delighted to win the competitive tender for upgrading the LED lighting and lighting controls at the university’s Cardiovascular Research Centre. The centre is at the leading-edge of medical research, housing approximately 150 research and technical staff all contributing to the competitiveness of the University of Glasgow as an international Centre for Excellence.  In addition to our appointment as Principal Contractor, we were also responsible for the design of the new control system and lighting layout.



In the pre-construction phase, our team worked in close consultation with the university’s estates department to put forward design proposals which overcame the issues they were experiencing with the existing lighting control system.






The existing light fittings were stripped out, recycled and replaced over 6 no. floors. Local controls combined with absence detection in offices, work stations and laboratories and presence detection in corridors, lobby areas and stairwells assisted with energy savings. We also upgraded the emergency lighting to a stand-alone system with key switches to facilitate routine maintenance checks. Our design reduced the total number of light fittings required as well as increasing the average lux level within each office area to meet the CIBSE recommended lighting levels of 300-500 lux. In addition, the client also benefited from:

  • Electrical Energy Savings
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint
  • Efficient Maintenance
  • Value Engineering Savings 



We agreed a safe, robust programme of works so that the full installation could be completed whilst the research centre remained fully operational. This involved tight night-shift work programmes whereby we needed to strip out and replace the light fittings and LCMs (lighting control modules) to complete each designated area and get it back online for the next working day. By completing the programme in a phased manner (floor by floor), we ensured continuity of operations as most works could be carried out with local isolations on each circuit. Our design also reused existing power supplies, wiring, switches and containment, where possible, making additional efficiency savings for the client.


 “I have found the team from Arthur McKay to be very positive, proactive and knowledgeable about the service they provide. It has been evident that they use their experience to also bring new ideas and potential solutions to the table, which ensures the service they offer provides additional value to the University.”

Iain Henderson, Senior Electrical Engineer, University of Glasgow


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