Preston’s Unique Flower Bowl Entertainment Destination Gets Lit By Anolis

Anolis, an architectural lighting division of ROBE lighting, has recently been fitted in the new Flower Bowl mixed leisure destination in Preston. This unique location is home to everything from a cinema, a bowling alley, a golf simulator and even a garden centre, and now it’s also home to Anolis’ Ambiane LED RGBW downlights.

The lighting scheme brings colour and vibrance to this three-cinema screen complex, part of a new multi-entertainment and leisure destination concept developed by the team behind Barton Grange Garden Centre, designed to entice customers to spend more time having fun in one space.  The single storey building has an undulating ‘living’ grass roof designed to blend into the surrounding countryside.

Russell Winteridge, general manager for Barton Grange, and Guy Topping, managing director, contacted Anolis and asked if it could design and supply a colour-changing and sustainable lighting system for the cinema screens.

The contractor had first suggested a traditional white light scheme, but as the project progressed, the theme of flowers and changing seasons evolved and became ever present and vital in the overall ambience. At this point, it was decided that colour changing lighting was the route to be taken.

Phil Howard, Anolis’ business development manager for the Northern region commented, “We’d been in touch with the client previously and quoted for lighting at the garden centre. They were impressed in particular by the quality and potential of the colour mixing fixtures in the Anolis ranges”.

Ambiane is a new product from Anolis which came onstream at a perfect time for the Flower Bowl project.

The client liked the smooth colour mixing, the striking bold saturates and the delicate pastel ranges that Ambiane can achieve. They were impressed by the even light coverage and smooth 18-bit dimming which fades down to zero. This enables the subtle fade up and downs required for the start and end of each film.

The Ambiane’s emergency backup facility runs from a secondary power input connected to the central battery system, so no additional emergency light fixtures were needed.

Each of the three cinemas have 12 Ambianes recessed in the ceiling which are tagged by colours rather than numbers. They are set up to match the required lux levels of CIBSE cinema guidelines and illuminate the room and the screen in its designated colour.

Being DMX controlled, the Ambianes integrated seamlessly with the main Eaton building and cinema lighting control systems.

With the cinema part of the project underway, Russell started talking to Anolis about lighting the Curling Rink. He also wanted to add some colour and funkiness to this space.

The final installation contained 12 Anolis ArcSource 48MC Integral RGBWs spaced down the long sides of the rink walls, pointing up at the curved roof ridges. They create a rainbow effect on the white plasterwork or bathe the whole room in a single colour. Colour chases are activated at various times, and the colour can be switched to white when professional players are using the rinks.

“We really enjoyed working on this project” concluded Phil. “Russell and his team clearly appreciate the importance of creating the right atmosphere. They also understand the effect of colour on people’s moods, which gave us the chance to show just how much good quality lighting can completely transform a space.”

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