Electrical Contracting News (ECN) ECN-Nov2017 - Page 30

PROJECT FOCUS TRAVELLING LIGHT As London Luton Airport undergoes the biggest redevelopment in its history, Gamma Illumination explains its role in the success of Luton’s brand new multi-storey car park, part of the airport’s plans to cater for passenger growth. H aving handled 14.5m passengers in 2016 and experienced the largest passenger growth of any London airport, London Luton Airport (LLA) is currently investing over £110m to transform the airport and increase capacity from 12m to 18m passengers per year by 2020. This is the biggest development in the airport’s 79-year history. Once a base for Royal Air Force fighters, LLA continued operating as a commercial airport after World War II – and despite its hill-top location and the fact that it is bordered on three sides by Luton, the River Lea and the Chilterns, it has continued to expand, with key road and rail links with the M1, London St Pancras, Nottingham and Leeds making it accessible to passengers from London to the Midlands, the North of England and beyond. To capitalise on this fact, the redevelopment plans include making the airport even easier to reach with better road 30 | November2017 access to the M1, new car parking facilities, a remodelled bus and coach interchange and improved rail links to Luton Airport Parkway station. The terminal will also undergo a complete redesign, bringing in new retail and dining options to ensure that the airport sets the tone for an enjoyable passenger experience. Not only would the car park need to be amply illuminated to enable passengers to park, walk safely to the exits and locate their vehicles upon their return, the luminaires would need to be able to function effectively with minimal maintenance in this cool The journey begins As part of this ambitious strategy, a new 1,700-space multi-storey car park has been built to provide secure on-site, under-cover parking with a covered walkway linking it directly to the terminal entrance, enabling passengers to walk from their cars to the terminal in minutes. To ensure that the car park’s lighting would meet the high standards demanded by LLA, lighting designer Stuart Price, who designed the LED lighting scheme to deliver on efficiency as well as performance, called upon Gamma Illumination to supply the high quality products required to complete the project. Luton’s new multi- storey car park gives passengers easy access to the airport