Photovoltaic integration into Bruntwood £50m Piccadilly refurbishment
A major refurbishment project underpinned by smart tech starts next month at Bruntwood Works at 111 Piccadilly, Manchester.
The scheme is part of the £50m Bruntwood Works Pioneer refurbishment project and is expected to complete in March 2020. When complete, the building will be the first co-working space in the UK to achieve Platinum standard WELL certification.
A 200ft photovoltaic lighting installation will be the building’s centrepiece. Photovoltaics is the conversion of light into electricity by using semiconducting materials, like solar modules, to generate electrical power. The piece will illuminate three sides of the building and be visible across the city centre. The photovoltaic elements of the LEDs will support power generation for the ground floor. The installation is being created in partnership with creative lighting consultancy Artin Light.
The lights are one of the smart features planned for Bruntwood Works. Other tech the building is set to include are sensors monitoring air quality, space utilisation and energy usage.
A multi-functional kiosk with an interactive screen on the ground floor will provide automatic visitor arrival notifications and have access to The Collective, Bruntwood’s online community platform.
Customer health and wellbeing is also set for improvement via a circadian lighting system, which is designed to create a natural environment regulating a 24-hour cycle. Biophilic design will also be incorporated by implanting greenery throughout.
Ciara Keeling, CEO for Bruntwood Works, said: “We are extremely excited to progress our plans for 111 Piccadilly. Located in the heart of Manchester, we believe it will create an incredible gateway into the city centre. From amazing cutting-edge technology to sustainable features and a new stunning illuminated exterior, it is set to make a major impact on Manchester.”