• NBS 1
  • NBS 2
  • NBS 3
  • NBS 4
  • 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.

Luminaires from Thorn Lighting have played an important role in the refurbishment of one of Newcastle’s best loved historic buildings, The Old Post Office in Newcastle. The project involves upgrading the 3,350m2 headquarters for NBS which spearheaded the multi million pound refurbishment and regeneration of the Grade II-listed building and has been housed there for a number of years. NBS are the leading provider of construction information and knowledge  management services in the UK; providing technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals including architects, engineers and surveyors as well as services for building product manufacturers.

Thorn’s Planor Suspended, Planor Wall, Glacier LED and Chalice LED luminaires have been used  throughout the project to provide a well-connected home for the modern, discerning occupier that values sustainability, good design and the wellbeing of its workforce.

The Old Post Office which dates back to the 1870’s and was at the heart of the 19th century development of the city, has undergone a £5.8m refurbishment and redevelopment by the owner NBS, who employs 180 people in the city of Newcastle. The architects for the redevelopment project were JDDK Architects with the lighting design created by Armstrong Rhead Limited in conjunction with Ward Robinson the interior designers. The redevelopment has created a state of the art building with transformed office space and meeting rooms and extensive facilities for staff, including a gym within the building. In addition to this NBS are keen to involve the community in the building, including the general public, and the business and academic community.

In order to achieve this there will be gallery and exhibition space which will be open to the public, a lecture theatre and events spaces. Thorn’s Planor Suspended Edgelit LEDs were selected as there was very limited ceiling void in the reception area which made it impossible for recessed lighting to be installed. These fittings replaced a combination of metal halide high bay luminaires and Cat 3 louvred modular luminaires, all with conventional inefficient control gear that were neither energy efficient or cost effective, providing poor light quality. Planor Suspended Edgelit LED has a slim and elegant design, with a stunning transparent direct/indirect optic. The side-lit transparent light guide optic with no visible light source has been designed to subtly integrate into minimalist office designs, and suited the interior design of The Old Post Office perfectly. These pendants provide a 60/40 balance of down/up light, creating an uplifting environment with effective illumination of both surfaces and people. Planor Wall has also been integrated into the lighting design to provide LED accent lighting with a co-ordinated aesthetic. Its side reflectors and downlight window give asymmetric forward pointing uplight. Thorn’s Glacier LEDs were used in open office areas due to the large ceiling height and a large amount of natural light. Thorn’s Chalice LED, a high performance LED downlight that offers exceptional efficiency with a class leading efficacy of up to 110 Llm/W, was chosen for circulation spaces and seminar rooms. The high performance optic and light mixing chamber provide a uniform appearance which, combined with a unified glare ratio <19, CRI 80 and CRI 90, makes Chalice perfect for high quality lighting applications. A lifetime of up to 50,000 hours (@L70, Ta 25˚C) significantly reduces maintenance demands and costs. Thorn’s Voyager LED Series emergency exit signs were also installed to provide discreet, high performance, LED emergency lighting. Voyager’s efficient, high power LED technology provides excellent performance and spacing, low parasitic power consumption and a long, low maintenance life.

NBS Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse said “We are passionate about the transformation of the Old Post Office – it is a beautiful and iconic building which many people in the City recognise and remember as a working Post Office. We are committed to creating a working environment that will inspire and motivate both our staff and visitors and we hope will involve people across the region”.

Following its makeover, The Old Post Office is officially one of the region’s coolest offices, where the building triumphed as winner of the Best Refurbished and Recycled Workplace at The Northern Awards Dinner of the BCO awards, which recognise the highest quality developments and sets the standard for excellence in the regional and national office sector. BCO Judges were highly impressed by the refurbishment of The Old Post Office, stating that the iconic listed building is now an environment which inspires and excites people, with a mix of agile work settings that promote a feeling of wellbeing for staff whilst maximising opportunities for collaboration.