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Educating and Achieving Excellence with Dynamic Color

Hi-Tech & Digital Centre—South Devon College, Paignton UK

Photos: Tom Davey


South Devon College is one of the top Further Education and Tertiary Colleges located in South London. They pride themselves on their inclusive, student-centric philosophy and always push themselves to "Inspire our community through learning for all."  

Lighting holds a special place in South Devon College's heart. Many businesses within the college support and are connected to Photonics—the physical science and application of light. South Devon was ready to build a one-of-a-kind, regional landmark that would fuse digital technology with creativity.  

In 2019, they appointed Michael Grubb Studio and LHC Architects to design a dynamic exterior lighting scheme for their new building—Hi-Tech & Digital Centre. 


Install with Ease  

Hi-Tech & Digital Centre was new construction for South Devon College. Michael Grubb Studio and LHC Architects were tasked with creating accessible maintenance while accommodating the geography and landscape. The cabling also could not permeate the façade and have no voltage drop. 

The duo crafted an exterior lighting scheme that consisted of removable panels. Michael Grubb Studio then specified eldoLED DMX drivers with Radiant Architectural Lighting's 3D Flex 40 IP66 RGBW luminaires.  

The luminaires' shape allows them to bend in 3D while sitting behind perforated steel. Our DMX driver fit right into their system—resulting in the contractors commending the ease of installation. 




Promote Environmentally-Friendly Lighting  

Environmental friendliness and efficiency was another important element of Hi-Tech & Digital Centre's lighting. Michael Grubb Studio had to shield the lights, limit light pollution and minimize the wattage.  

Radiant Architectural Lighting created their luminaires and special lensing technology from recyclable materials. This resulted in high performing light with low energy consumption. Our DMX drivers' technology delivered maximum light quality within a small form factor.   

The efficiency of our DMX technology empowered Michael Grubb Studio to use less overall drivers without compromise on control. This complimented the 130 photovoltaic roof panels that produced 120% of the energy.  

Michael Grubb Studio's combination of Radiant Architectural luminaires and eldoLED drivers resulted in no wasted energy outside of the College's opening hours and minimized light pollution. 


Accentuate Architecture with DMX 

South Devon wanted a distinctive lit environment that would encourage movement throughout the campus. Radiant Architectural's luminaires have a RGBW light engine with efficient color-mixing lenses that provide elliptical distribution.  

Our DMX driver technology—coupled with Radiant Architectural's luminaires and a Pharos Control System—delivered a flexible lighting system with deep-dimming capabilities (0.1%) that individually addressed each luminaire. Thus, resulting in a range of static and animated color sequences.  


Innovation Yields Recognition 

Not only did Hi-Tech & Digital Centre have a rare façade, achieve their lighting goals and optimize for efficiency—their environmental friendliness earned them both a BREEAM Excellent and an EPC A rating.  

The building's innovative lighting and technology also shortlisted them for the [d]arc awards 2020 Structure, Surface Design Awards 2020 Light & Surface Exterior and the Lighting Design Awards 2020 Integration Project of the Year. 





Project details


Installation Hi-Tech & Digital Centre

South-Devon College

Paignton, UK

eldoLED product

DMX drivers

Dimming Fully dimmable (0.1%)
Lighting design Michael Grubb Studio
Luminaires Radiant Architectural Lighting
Architect LHC Architects