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Dollan Aqua Centre, East Kilbride, Scotland


  • Dollan Aqua Centre, UK
  • Dollan Aqua Centre, UK
  • Dollan Aqua Centre, UK
  • Dollan Aqua Centre, UK
  • Dollan Aqua Centre, UK
  • Dollan Aqua Centre, UK
  • Dollan Aqua Centre, UK
  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

Vaulting success

Dollan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride – the masterpiece of Scottish architect Alexander Buchanan Campbell - has been spectacularly re-lit by Thorn. Opened in 1968 as Scotland's first 50 metre swimming pool the pre-stressed concrete building underwent alterations in the mid-90s, being lit with recessed high bays configured in eight rows parallel to the swimming lanes.  Now, after a £9m refurbishment by South Lanarkshire Council, the Category A listed building incorporates Troika flat glass floodlights using metal halide lamps.

Suspended from purpose built frames, the two perimeter rows of luminaires act as uplighters to illuminate the highly reflective material covering the original vaulted ceiling.

The new lighting is not only providing crisp white light with excellent uniformity and glare free viewing for spectators and lifeguards, but also reduces the amount of time spent in maintenance and lamp changes. An unusual feature of the installation is the additional use of Qba LED floodlights to provide emergency lighting, fed from a local central battery system.

The 400W Troika floodlights were selected because of their ability to provide switchable illuminance levels for general and competition level swimming – the Centre was one of the key venues for the 2011 International Children's Games in Lanarkshire.

In addition to the main pool area, the smaller gym /dance rooms have been lit by a combination of Jupiter II fluorescents and Prospector spotlights, while a number of D-CO LED and Cruz downlights, supplemented by Arrowslim battens, have been used in the Leisure Suite.  

Electrical contractors were EMTEC, from Glasgow.