ACO Technologies plc has provided its combined surface water management and lighting system, Eyeleds, for a re-development in an historic area of Bristol. Located in the popular Harbourside area of Bristol, just a few doors away from the city’s famed Bristol Hippodrome theatre, the Augustine’s Courtyard development is home to 31,000sft of prime commercial office space.
However, as part of a general development of the site in 2017, a series of remedial works were instigated by CBRE to provide a more aesthetic feel to key access points, in keeping with the historic setting.
Entry to the development is gained through a passageway which forms part of the 19th century Grade II-listed Dominions House, built in the classic Edwardian baroque style that is so prevalent throughout the city. To remain in keeping with the surroundings, Architects The Bush Consultancy identified the need for a solution which would provide adequate lighting in a subtle yet atmospheric way. To meet this need for a lighting solution, and minimise the need for any further street furniture, the Architects specified ACO Water Management’s Eyeleds system.
The Eyeleds water management system comprises of a 1m drainage channel fitted with two 500mm gratings, each embedded with a high-performance LED. Available in blue or white, the LEDs are sealed against water ingress, and have a working life of 100,000 hours. Up to 40 ACO Eyeled lights can be connected together and powered by a single 12V transformer. Given the high evening footfall, the extra lighting provided by the Eyeleds channels ensures that the public can feel safe when walking through the area at night.