Sage Gateshead

P4 Limited successfully completed one the UK’s most challenging emergency lighting projects at Sage Gateshead. The £70 million landmark Norman Foster building, occupying one of Europe’s most dramatic urban sites on the Tyne, has one of the most advanced and efficient emergency lighting installation at the heart of which is P4’s FASTELink computer addressable system.

Working alongside international engineering consultancy, Mott MacDonald, M&E contractor Haden Young, and P4’s associate, Northern Ireland based Malone Lighting, P4 has shown exemplary flexibility and ingenuity in the way it has found and implemented solutions for this highly complex project. With a busy annual programme for what has become one of the world’s most prestigious music centres, safety and ease of operation are paramount considerations.

P4’s Technical Director, Rob Warner, who supervised the design and commissioning of the system, explained the approach: ” We could see straight away that our FASTELink computer addressable single point system would generate a sizeable cost saving as it does not require the use of fire resistant cabling. A key benefit to the occupant was the flexibility of the testing regimes, which can be configured to test individually or in groups. It was important to ensure that the system would operate with full music centre occupancy at all times.”

He added: ” The satisfaction on the faces of our customer when we had successfully completed the commissioning justified all the hard work that our team had put in.”

FASTELink automatically tests emergency lighting in excess of mandatory standards BS 5266 through easily programmable self-testing, will provide a permanent history record, and as a fail-safe feature continues to self-test even in the event of computer failure.

P4 converted around 1500 emergency luminaires from several lighting manufacturers
to ICEL 1004 requirements, and undertook the full manufacturer’s warranty for each converted luminaire, including the ballast.