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Network Rail


Network Rail owns, operates, and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure which comprises 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, thousands of signals ad level crossing. The company also manages 20 of the UK’s largest stations.

One of these is Birmingham New Street, which is used by more than 140,000 passengers every day, making it the busiest station outside London.

New Street underwent a significant redevelopment programme that was completed in 2015 that included a new concourse that is three times larger than the previous one.

Network Rail recently moved the administrative teams to new facilities within the station.

This required appropriate lighting for the offices, reception, meeting areas and toilets that would provide adequate illumination, energy efficiency and also help Network Rail to meet regulatory requirements.

Network rail approached the local branch of electrical distributor Rexel (Birmingham Maple) who proposed a solution based on NVC’s products including Sterling side-lit panels with micro-prismatic controllers and Westport IP40 low-glare recessed LED circular luminaires.

To adhere to fire safety regulations for emergency lighting, Preston IP54 rated LED halo effect circular bulkheads and Seneca IP40 rated, recessed LED emergency luminaires were adapted for self-testing. This not only saves time and cost when undertaking the required testing of emergency lighting it also delivers the added benefit of providing automatic reporting of results removing the inevitable mistakes that can happen when they are done manually. NVC also supplied LED emergency wall-mounted exit boxes and PIR systems.

All the products were installed by Network Rail’s in-house maintenance team.

Network Rail stated “Switching to NVC products has saved us significant costs. We hadn’t used NVC products before but were confidence in their performance because they all come with a 5-year guarantee. The anti-glare functions also make working at computers much easier on people’s eyes helping to create a better working environment.”

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