Rhondda Heritage Site illuminated with a new LED lighting solution
Thorn designed a new lighting solution to upgrade and improve the feature lighting of the colliery’s Grade 2 Listed chimney.
Between 1860 and 1939 the Rhondda Valleys were one of the world’s most important coal mining regions. Despite Rhondda being home to nearly 80 collieries, the Lewis Merthyr Colliery was the only one saved from demolition and preserved. In 1989 the Lewis Merthyr Colliery reopened as Rhondda Heritage Park – a tourist attraction offering an underground experience tour, replica village street, children’s play area and more.
As a returning customer impressed by Thorn’s high quality products and design expertise, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCTCBC) approached Thorn once again. This time the brief was to design a new lighting solution to upgrade and improve the feature lighting of the colliery’s Grade 2 Listed chimney, steel wheel towers and car park.
In order to meet Local Authority requirement’s, the lighting objectives were to significantly reduce energy consumption and maintenance while enhancing the Heritage Park and surrounding area. Standing at 50 metres and with a 360° viewing angle, the chimney required particularly careful lighting design to ensure even illumination with no waste light.