Sunderland Railway Station Platform 5

Client: Network Rail | Lighting Designer: Jason Bruges Studio | Photography:  Jason Bruges Studio
Innovative lighting designer company, Jason Bruges Studio, was commissioned to create a lighting installation in Sunderland Railway Station as part of a £7 million renovation taking place. The station overhaul included new waiting areas, lighting, ceilings, floors and wall panelling, but the most impressive additions are the three art installations, one of which was the dazzling new light feature designed by Jason Bruges Studio, and supplied by Architainment Lighting Ltd.

Architainment Lighting supplied 717 units of Philips Color Kinetics eW Flex SLX with 15 node strings. This warm white string LED solution is a versatile strand of 15 individually controllable white light LED nodes. The durable, flexible form allows for dynamic points of white light to be installed across nearly any interior or exterior surface, including walls, ceilings, floors, three-dimensional sculptures, and set pieces. The lighting installation is the centrepiece of the new station and features shadow figures walking back and forth along the platform, mimicking the passengers waiting on the platform. Installation of the Philips Color Kinetics fixtures, carried out by LX Engineering, and assisted by Architainment’s Technical Services team, proved challenging as the station had to comply with LSOH cabling, and the ever-changing temperature of the station made this difficult.

The station, which is owned by Network Rail and operated by Northern Rail, is used by more than two million people a year, making it one of the busiest in the country. Transport executive Nexus funded the project as it is Metro services account for three quarters of all passengers using the station.

Other Companies involved: Nexus / LX Engineering

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