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Anolis illuminates and re-energises Welsh seaside town

A number of key landmarks around the Welsh town of Rhyl have been lit up by Anolis LED luminaires as part of an ongoing waterfront regeneration project.

Anolis LED luminaires have been used to light key landmarks in the Welsh seaside resort of Rhyl.

This includes the 76m-high Sky Tower, the front façade and the fly tower of the Pavilion Theatre, the clock tower, seafront waterfall and new sea wall viewing shelters.

Andy Hughes, technical manager of the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre specified the Anolis fixtures in conjunction with Anolis UK technical sales specialist Simon Gooding. Hughes works as a lighting consultant and advisor for Denbighshire County Council on their extensive ongoing waterfront urban regeneration project for Rhyl. He is also coordinating and making sure the various lighting schemes are installed smoothly.

Hughes chose Anolis because of the “excellent build quality, clever engineering the smooth colour mixing and because we wanted to use premium products that we knew would last.”

The first phase of lighting involved highlighting the sea wall and three new viewing shelters, part of constructions to fortify the flood prone town, which is regularly lashed by storms during the winter and vulnerable to tidal flooding.

The shelters are built from concrete and although Hughes wasn’t involved during the first phase of the design process, once the idea of lighting them was mooted, the physical design was changed to fit the Anolis ArcSource 1MCs RGBW, which were specified for illumination.

This is a robust single-source LED multi-chip lightsource which produces rich, saturated colours and is housed in a 316L marine grade stainless steel casing, with a high IP 68 rating, so ideal for wet marine locations!

Twelve ArcSource 1MCs are installed in each shelter, driven by Anolis Outdoor ArcPower units and DMX controlled via a Pharos system.

It was important that the Sky Tower was evenly and elegantly lit, as it presides, beacon-like, over SC2, a brand-new family entertainment zone below which is currently under construction.

Twenty-four Anolis ArcSource Outdoor 48MC RGBW integrals were chosen for the task, which produce smooth and even coverage up and down the tower.

The fixtures are rigged on a special ring bracket secured around the tower – donut style – at 106ft from the ground, around two thirds of the way up, integration was provided by Anolis Partner LTP Integration.

An opaque Perspex strip covers 13 x Anolis ArcLine Optic 36 RGBW linear luminaires running up the exterior of the tower, and another 12 linear luminaires – six per side – highlight a large panelled area on the venue’s front façade, positioned 15ft apart.

“We really wanted something different and interesting to light the theatre front,” explained Hughes. “Something more than just a conventional wash look, and the breadth of the Anolis range gave us many options including this one, which was just what we wanted.”

Essential bilingual signage (English and Welsh) on the theatre is picked out with a couple of Anolis ArcSource 96 Integral RGBW wireless units (with 13° optics) complete with a custom made top hat to stop road glare into traffic, which are linked into the same Pharos control system running the Theatre façade lighting.

Hughes concludes: “My colleagues and I are all very proud to be involved in the regeneration project, and it’s inspirational to see lighting features become a big part of the town, in turn attracting people and encouraging commercial enterprise and activity.”