industry updates

Phoenix Arts Club rising higher thanks to support from White Light, Chauvet Professional and the Music Venue Trust’s Sound + Vision project

Phoenix Arts Club, London’s home of cabaret, live music, musical theatre, burlesque and LGBTQ+ entertainment; has upgraded its technological offering thanks to Music Venue Trust (MVT)’s Sound + Vision initiative. As collaborative MVT partner and long-standing supporter of Phoenix Arts Club, technical solutions specialist White Light (WL), facilitated and managed the project. The scheme enabled Chauvet Professional to install its highest ever resolution LED video solution in the iconic venue, significantly elevating the production value for its diverse events programme.

Launched in 2017, MVT’s Sound + Vision initiative aims to deliver a 21st Century live entertainment experience to artists and audiences all over the UK. Having supported nearly 50 venues to date, the scheme supports venues that are seeking funding via the ACE, making industry leading technologies accessible to grassroots venues. Jason Larcombe, WL’s Senior Project Manager, comments: “Thanks to our ongoing work with MVT and long-standing relationships with Phoenix Arts Club and Chauvet, we are thrilled to have been able to provide support for this vital scheme. With our roots and heritage in London’s Westend, it’s been hugely rewarding to see one of its legendary venues transform overnight through innovative technology.”

Using its slim-bodied F2 2.9 mm pixel pitch LED video panel, Chauvet built a 4m x 2.5m screen in the 100-capacity venue. Sam Bowden, Chauvet’s UK Sales Manager, says: “At Chauvet we were delighted to be involved with this great project at such a prestigious venue. F2 is designed for applications where crystal sharp clarity is essential from any viewing angle, even from as close as 7.5ft. Having spent many an enjoyable evening at Phoenix Arts Club ourselves, we look forward to spending many more there with their fantastic new screen!”

Peter Dunbar, Managing Director at Phoenix Arts Club, adds: “This upgrade has been game-changing for our venue. Seeing a state-of-the-art screen as soon as you enter, transports guests to an exciting new place. We can now add depth to performances, using dynamic content to show artists and hosts, even when they are not live on stage. We’re proud to now offer a premium Westend theatre experience in an intimate cabaret environment, without having had to significantly increase our ticket prices. We are incredibly grateful to WL, MVT and Chauvet for making this a reality and we’re excited to further diversify our extensive events programme thanks to this scheme.”

The Sound + Vision initiative provides ongoing support for Grassroots music venues. Please contact our team to discuss the opportunities available.

industry updates

Signify’s lighting solutions installed in every Everlast gym across the UK


GuildfordUK– Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, has been appointed by Frasers Group to design and supply the lighting for all 69 Everlast Gyms across the UK. The lighting upgrade is part of the Fraser Group’s ‘elevation strategy’ to develop a unique model within the UK fitness industry and offer an unparalleled class and gym experience for Everlast members and visitors which is both inclusive and immersive.

In addition, designing the gyms with LED lighting dramatically cuts the energy consumption by about 80%, when compared to the traditional technologies that were deployed earlier. Added controls will help manage and reduce energy consumption by creating and managing uniform light schedules for all 69 gyms from a single dashboard, reducing operational costs, ensuring compliance, and efficiently planning maintenance.

Professional LED lighting enhances experience

Everlast gyms at Denton, Shirebrook and Preston have already been upgraded and offer members a variety of different environments – or ‘innovative zones’ – to train in, creating unique gym experiences. Contemporary luminaries from the Modular range distribute a soft yet functional light that is designed for hospitality venues, public, retail and other large spaces. These lights use minimalist design principles that add to the visual appeal of the space. To compliment this, the Keyline range, from the Philips portfolio, creates chevrons, lines and squares in the ceiling, directing members to the different zones and identifying the individual areas.

Connected lighting control system for flexibility and intelligent operation

As part of the redesign, the Interact connected lighting system, which includes multisite management capability, provides centralised lighting control for all the gyms. Agreed scenes and schedules ensure a consistent look and feel, as well as providing increased visibility, flexibility, and control of the lights. The cloud-based platform collects data from all light points via a connected lighting infrastructure and is displayed on a centralized dashboard. This enables better comparison, monitoring and management of lighting across multiple locations for improved efficiency.

Designed for the circular economy

The gyms also feature tailor-made pendant and projector lights which are 3D printed luminaires designed and developed to suit the exact needs of each individual location. These fixtures are made of 100% recyclable polycarbonate material, which is also lightweight and therefore cheaper to transport. The luminaires are serviceable and offer the ability to prolong the technical and economic lifetime of the product after it has been put into service.

The first of our elevated sites in DentonPreston and Shirebrook reflect our ambitions for Everlast Gyms and perfectly demonstrate the gym experience we aim to bring to all of our members throughout the UK,” commented Daniel Summerson, Managing Director of Everlast Gyms, Frasers Group. We needed to make sure that the lighting added to the look and feel of the club, while also keeping the facility environmentally friendlyIt has been great to switch on these solutions and I am looking forward to working with Signify on the roll-out across the UK, with Nottingham to be the next gym to have the upgraded experience for members.

Daniel Maskell, National Sales Manager, Signify UK&I, added: The design of the gyms, combined with the innovative zones’, makes this a very exciting project for us at Signify as it ensures that lighting plays a key role in the entire experience. The LED solutions and the connected lighting system that we have installed make Everlast gyms the venue of choice for many. positive impact on the environment is another huge benefit for the gyms: the upgrade to LED lighting reduces energy consumption, while the implementation of 3D printed technology further reduces Everlast gyms carbon footprint. The gyms really make a statement to the fitness industry, and we are looking forward to working with Everlast on the rest of their gyms across the UK.

industry updates

Gira smart technology adds intelligent comfort to The Edge House

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent building solutions for commercial and residential properties, blend comfort, connectivity and style at The Edge House, a deluxe smart home near Krakow in Poland.

Just four kilometres from the city centre, a former quarry has been redeveloped in true contemporary style and is now home to The Edge House, a luxury property defined by its extreme architecture, angular slate roof and minimalist aesthetic.

With a quarry edge measuring 8 metres high, the extravagant plot location proved to be a major design challenge, which was amplified by the planning restrictions as pitched roofs are a legal requirement in this exclusive neighbourhood. However, the homeowners wanted an original and creative solution for the plot and so their search for the perfect design took two years.

Several architects were commissioned, but the design concepts never quite met the clients’ expectations. Architect Przemyslaw Olczak from the internationally acclaimed studio Mobius Architekci in Krakow, finally won their trust and was awarded the contract. His idea was to build the house on the quarry edge. He placed the building on the rugged cliff, adapting it to the contours of the slope with steeply inclined façades and using dark slate to offset it against the existing pale limestone.

The exquisite building is made truly extraordinary through the architect’s ingenuity with differences in height. Viewed from the south, The Edge House looks like a single-level home, whilst the cliff side to the north reveals three storey’s that appear to be integrated into the rocks. The homeowners wanted a wildflower meadow to be incorporated into the design. In order to prevent the house from overpowering the meadow-rich plot, Ofczak designed parts of the site to slope slightly downwards towards the south and west sides of the building. This reduced the height, whilst simultaneously creating a private living space and pool area out of sight. Several balconies and terraces ensure that the residents can enjoy the sunshine or the shade as much as they wish.

The understated architecture continues inside with 850 square metres of living space on three levels: a basement, ground floor and first floor. The entrance is at ground level and leads into a spacious kitchen and open plan living and dining area. To the right of the entrance, there is a media room and one bedroom with a guest bathroom. The upper level boasts two large bedrooms with bathrooms and dressing rooms, in addition to a work and office space.

Minimalist yet multifunctional: Gira Smart technology completes the concept. The Gira Esprit Design Line is the perfect complement for the elegant interiors and as the homeowners wanted extra comfort and sustainability, they chose a KNX system from Gira to install many complex functions. At the heart of this wired bus installation is the Gira HomeServer, which enables the household to control the building technology thanks to a range of different devices. By adding the extra power of the Gira FacilityServer to the Gira HomeServer, the KNX system at Edge House links everything together: from door communication, the security/alarm system, blinds, electrically-operated windows and doors to the audio system, lighting, heating and climate control technology.

Wherever they are, the residents can enjoy all the benefits of mobile smart home control on the go via the Gira interface on the Gira HomeServer app. At home, they can call up defined functions and individual scenes in any room using the Gira pushbutton sensors. With dimmed lighting and the blinds down, the living area can be transformed into a home cinema. The KNX installation in the Edge House not only offers an incredible range of functions and enormous flexibility, but it can also evolve in the future – because an electrical engineer can reprogram the system to add new functions at any time, without any complex building work or additional cables.

Gira Esprit Design Line – brimming with personality this socket and switch series comes in 15 different options to bring a design accent to your home. You can mix and match with frames in on-trend metallics, sustainably sourced Linoleum-Plywood and luxe glass. Offering functional and fashionable elements, Gira Esprit is available in bronze, aluminium, aluminium light gold, aluminium brown, aluminium black, chrome, stainless steel, anthracite, dark brown, light brown, glass mint, glass umber, glass white, glass black and light grey. It works seamlessly with the Gira System 55, which offers over 300 functions to assist intuitive smart home living.

Gira Pushbutton Sensor 3 – bringing together multiple functions at the touch of a button, you can control lighting and blind, adjust the temperature or store and call up complete scenes of light, blinds and music. This versatile room controller will maximise the benefits of smart living and can be easily customised to your needs.

industry updates

The Mansion, FIVE Jumeirah Village

The recently opened The Mansion nightclub celebrates the glitz and opulence of the 1920s era. This glamourous venue is located in the FIVA Jumeirah Village hotel.

Designed by leading Interior Design Practice, Russell Stage Studio, the lavish space is inspired by the “Scarface” mansion with its iconic staircase and Roman architectural elements. The nightlife destination features stunning gold and black furnishings, digital art screens showcasing transformative art pieces and graffiti designed by renowned artist Pichi Avo.

Russell Sage Studio appointed Victoria Jerram Lighting Design for the destination’s lighting scheme. Layers of lighting were designed into the fabric of the venue, allowing the venue to offer a new experience on each visit.

Each surface, from the all-important bar and that staircase, to the columns and DJ booth, has been considered and designed with lighting at its core. The UV washlights highlight the UV graffiti art applied to the walls and back bar, and decorative light fittings bring a touch of glamour to the space.

The lighting scheme is highly flexible, using the latest in LED lighting technology. The lighting rig includes ambient quad-colour (RGBW) moving head projectors, special effects projectors and Video LED tape, all programmed to create a synergy between light and music.

This layered lighting effect creates an immersive environment, transporting party-goers to a bygone era. It’s a venue that truly must be seen to be believed.

Project credits:  

Lighting Design: Victoria Jerram Lighting Design

Interior Designer: Russell Sage

Client: FIVE Hotels and Resorts

Photography: Courtesy of FIVE Hotels and Resorts

industry updates

Ansell Launches New Wallpack

  • ‘Wolf’ delivers optimum beam distribution whilst ensuring minimal light pollution

Combining modern design with robust materials, Wolf is the latest external wallpack from Ansell Lighting.

Specifically designed to deliver wide lighting distribution for optimum spacing and uniformity outdoors, Wolf features advanced lens technology which also provides enhanced glare control and ensures minimal (less than 1%) up light and light pollution helping with Dark Skies compliance.

Robust and hardwearing, Wolf is IK10 rated thanks to its tough polycarbonate cover and die-cast housing which protect against external impact and vandalism. It is available in a choice of black or silver-grey electrostatic paint finishes which delivers enhanced corrosion resistance.

An added benefit for contractors, Wolf’s thoughtful design means that it is quick and easy to install. It features multiple conduit entry and BESA fixing points as well as disconnectable internal gear trays and push-fit terminals.

CCT and power selectable, Wolf can be programmed to deliver specific lighting hues and outputs suited to the application.  For added functionality, further options such as OCTO Smart Control, Digital Dimming, Electronic Photocell, Integral Microwave Sensor and a choice of three different Emergency versions are also available.

Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting said: “Wolf is a versatile new addition to our outdoor lighting range. Its clever design means that it is ideal for use in settings of all genres, efficiently illuminating external spaces whilst generating minimal light pollution.

“The multiple options available also mean Wolf is suitable for a variety of lighting installations; from a hi-tech connected installation to emergency compliant systems, it has widespread appeal. And although this is a new product to market we are already planning to extend the range with the addition of a mini version, to come in the final quarter of the year.”

For more information about Ansell’s Wolf Wallpack, visit