Magazine London on the Greenwich Peninsula and Exhibition London in White City, West London, both initiated and operated by Broadwick Live and Venue Lab, choose Anolis to provide the mood and house lighting for these leading multifunction venues. 

The Anolis fixtures were specified by consultant and technical production director Simon Jones of SJ-TPM who co-ordinated the technical design, specification, procurement, installation, and commissioning of production equipment for the two high profile venues.

Simon explained: “I wanted a fixture that could do more than just provide functional white house lighting. Ideally an LED source for cost-efficiency and sustainability, plus a unit that produced a great range of colours and quality, bright output, so the same fixtures could also be part of the atmospheric lighting or theming for a wide range of events.”

He started looking at Anolis – a Robe business as he was deciding on Robe moving lights for the stage lighting rig initially at Magazine London, which opened in late 2019. The client wanted to be able to wash a substantial event space of approximately 3,200 square meters that can accommodate up to 3000 people standing for anything from a conference to an awards show, gala dinner, or themed event.

Impressed with the engineering, build, and performance of Robe fixtures generally, as well as the “excellent” customer support from Robe UK, which is based in Northampton, Simon looked towards Anolis – amongst other options – for the house / atmospheric lighting. Choosing a Robe / Anolis solution had many advantages, including compatibility and consistency between the look of the stage and multipurpose lighting which was stylish and harmonious.

The Divine 160 is powered by 40 x Osram RGBW multichip LEDs which produce nearly 12,000 lumens output with a 40-degree beam angle option and this works perfectly for the task at Magazine, a stunning new build presenting a raw, contemporary industrial space with fantastic views across the River Thames to London’s Canary Wharf CBD skyline.

The 65 x Divine 160 luminaires at Magazine are rigged in the roof trusses and beams with C-Clamps. Fixture weight was another consideration – each compact Divine 160 unit weighs 14.5 Kg giving an “impressive” weight-to-output ratio, states Simon – as were the aesthetics of the light, which had to match the look and feel of the room. He also likes the 18-bit dimming which, allows seamless fades right down to zero. In both cases, the Divine 160s are controlled via the grandMA consoles running all the stage and production lighting and effects and are proving an adaptable and ideal solution.

Photos: Exhibition images are by Jake Davis. Magazine images are courtesy of Broadwick Live

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