Aberdeen Art Gallery

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Aberdeen Art Gallery has recently reopened to the public after a four-year refurbishment which cost £34.6m. It has one of the finest art collections in the UK – including works by Joan Eardley, Barbara Hepworth, Samuel Peploe and Tracey Emin.

Awarded Planning Permission in 2014, Hoskins Architects had won a national competition for the redevelopment and expansion of the category A listed Aberdeen Art Gallery. Renowned lighting design practice, Speirs and major, were appointed as the lighting consultant.

For the War Memorial wing at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Spectral Lighting in collaboration with Speirs and Major came up with a visually stunning yet entirely cohesive pendant light that combined visual brightness with adjustable ‘beamers’ to highlight specific areas; in addition the pendant was to house two high output high definition projection systems. The 500kg, five and a half metre diameter pendant is raised and lowered on a winching system from ETS. Finite lighting control was achieved using EldoLed drivers which allows stepless smooth control of the light levels down from 100% to 0%. The pendant also contained eight discreet low glare adjustable downlights which are capable of rotating through 360’ and tilt up to 30 degrees to give maximum flexibility for future exhibitions.

To allow access into the building the pendant was delivered on 8no. bespoke pallets and Spectral supplied centering tools to allow the contractor to accurately align and assemble each section – a pre wired plug and socket connection system was also provided to aid installation time. After hours of testing at our factory in Jungingen, the fitting was assembled and lit prior to being delivered to site. When delivered to Aberdeen, each section was assembled on the floor on the pallets and carefully raised on the electric winching system, designed to prevent any sway when being raised or lowered.

Pendant assembled on the floor on specially made pallets
Delivered in eight pre-wired sections
An installation manual was produced for the installers
Pendant on test at the factory prior to delivery
Many side panel tests were performed to achieve best possible illumination
Discreet adjustable downlights finished in bronze to match the pendants
Special vents were integrated to allow the projectors to cool

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