A total transformation of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow has taken place with the help of our Mosaico range of luminaires. As well as ensuring that the energy-saving lighting solution complemented the new scheme, the brief was also to ensure that the new lighting succeeded in showcasing the architectural design of the venue whilst also affording the necessary flexibility for its varied usage.

The Theatre Royal originally opened in 1867. It is the oldest theatre in Glasgow and the longest running in Scotland.  Owned by The Scottish Opera since 1974, the theatre is used for operatics; ballet performances; pantomimes and a variety of theatrical productions.

The recent, consortium-funded multi-million pound refurbishment has seen the addition of many new facilities. These include a landmark entrance hall; spacious foyer; the new Vanilla Black café; improved bar areas and toilets along with a modern box office with additional terminals.  A brand new viewing gallery has also been constructed to offer a unique view of the auditorium and the addition of a roof terrace provides a stunning vista across the city.

We were specified by Max Fordham and Partners in their capacity as M&E Consultants with responsibility for the lighting design.  We worked closely to ensure not only a sustainable lighting solution of energy-efficient LEDs and Metal Halide fixtures but also one that would set off the new architectural concept to maximum advantage.

Our twin light source Mosaico recessed luminaires were installed in the theatre roof terrace area. These fixtures use a mixture of 70W CDM-T G12 lamps with an 88 degree beam angle and 35W CDM-T G12 lamps with a 74 degree beam angle. The fitting itself is finished in black and completed with a non-standard, rich gold reflector which serves to lower the colour temperature of the light output and exude the atmosphere and warmth the scheme designers were seeking.

For the new foyer and atrium exit points, black finish Mosaico fittings with 14W LEDs were used and for individual balcony spotlight areas, single Mosaico 14W LED Easy IOS.  The IOS system combines a full range of beam widths and the ability to change optical configuration with class-leading efficiency.

The Mosaico is available in single or multiple in-line or square configurations with one to four light sources that allow for individual adjustment to achieve the desired lighting effect.  Each of the separate light bodies can offer different beams and colours to give both the designer and user a varied and more interesting expression of illumination.