The Regal Tower in Birmingham is a 200 metre plus skyscraper planned by Regal Developments and designed by Aedas Architects to stand in the centre of the city.
If built it will be the tallest building by a whopping 50 metres, something that will make it a major landmark on the skyline, and as befits this status much thought has gone into how it could look, not only at a day but at night too.
Lighting consultants Hoare Lee have been drafted in to give the scheme a look that's inspired in part by the Empire State Building in New York that often has blue illuminations around its crown and spire.
Employing LED lighting that has low energy use, and low maintenance, the idea is to concentrate illumination in a few key areas of the building using angled uplighting to help the reduce light pollution that so many British cities suffer from.
Having chosen contrasting blue and white as a colour theme, the idea is to have deep blue lighting richly illuminate the steps of the tower and its crown with the fins of the tower lit with cool white lightning to illuminate them vertically but not completely - the light should fade away as the fins rise from the steps.
To achieve this effect there will be a mixture of 48 surface mounted LED Paraobilic Projector 022s on the bases of the fins that will be supplemented with 200 metres of linear Linex HD LED washlights between the fins. Kitting the tower out with these is budgeted at £146,000 using current prices.
Sadly, despite the effort put in by Hoare Lea in dreaming up this night time look, it hasn't been featured in the official renderings released about the tower with those merely showing blue lighting ringing the skyscraper at various points.
If it does go-ahead however, Birmingham will have a much needed beacon on its skyline, presently it's a cityscape that benefits from very few attractive and modern lighting schemes with the tallest being the lego-like BT Tower.
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