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Thorn delivers a sustainable learning centre for Riverbank Primary School


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  • 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.

Thorn Lighting has helped deliver a sustainable learning centre for Riverbank Primary School in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, using a wide variety of luminaires that incorporate the most energy efficient and sustainable lighting technology available.

Built to augment ongoing regeneration in the area, the new Riverbank Primary School will provide 14 classrooms, assembly and gym halls; drama and nurture rooms, administrative and office space and a library. The school has been conceived as two elements namely a brick-clad classroom block and double height metal-clad multi-purpose hall with a small clock tower signifying the main entrance square at the junction of these two halves. Each wing is proposed to have a different function and a different structural strategy.

Omega LED, with its slim profile, has been installed in the classrooms to provide excellent glare control (UGR<19/22) and the reduced maintenance delivered by the 50,000 hours’ life of the 4000K LED lamps supplied with the fitting. With its elegant design, IQ Wave was chosen for the offices to deliver light that supports comfort and alertness with the ideal light distribution, in particular the high cylindrical illuminance, which is achieved with the help of a special reflector and ensures perfect lighting for various tasks. IQ Wave achieves a unified glare rating of <19, in line with the EN 12464 standard on workplace lighting.


Glacier, a very high performance (76-107 Llm/W) decorative luminaire, illuminates the entrance area, providing excellent lighting quality in an attractive, pendant fitting. Glacier offers an efficient alternative to traditional HID pendants with energy savings of over 27% and dimming options to further enhance energy saving opportunities.

Floodlighting the on-site MUGA Pitch presented problems because of the close proximity of nearby housing but Thorn provided the perfect solution by lighting the Pitch from one side using Champion HQI high performance asymmetrical floodlights. Champion floodlights incorporate a ‘flat glass’ concept and an integrated visor for total control of glare, maximum optical efficiency and accurate light distribution with minimum light spillage.

Thorn’s Chalice Recessed fittings have been chosen for the corridors and toilets for its high efficacy of 106lm/W and resulting low energy consumption. Chalice has an overall height of less than 100mm making it ideal for low ceiling depth. Omega C LED has also been utilised in these areas for good uniformity and adjustable mounting options for through-life flexibility.  Katona fittings were also used in toilet areas where recessed luminaires couldn’t be used.  Katona is a very slim, round, functional LED fitting which is suitable for direct mounting to walls or ceilings. Other luminaires used for the project include Duoproof LED in the kitchens, Aquaforce PRO in the stores and plant rooms and Olsys LED fittings for the exterior illumination. Several luminaires from Thorn’s long life and low maintenance Voyager LED series have been installed throughout the school to provide the emergency lighting.

The solution Riverbank Primary School has included a diverse range of Thorn’s luminaires and has resulted in a stylish installation with maximum performance, low maintenance and high energy savings.