Modern and sustainable lighting design

The challenge

The 10-storey office in the Shoe Lane Quarter, known as Plumtree Court, is bigger than 26 football pitches and has the largest trading floor in London. Plumtree Court is designed to achieve a BREEAM New Construction rating of ‘Excellent’, in turn, The City of London required a low energy external lighting scheme to contribute to the company’s carbon reduction targets.

The building’s external lighting encompasses several well-known London streets within the Square Mile – Plumtree Court itself, Stonecutter Street, Shoe Lane and Farringdon Street.

Clients and partners

  • Client

    The City of London

  • Client


  • Contractor

    JB Riney

  • Partner

    Urban Control

Key project requirements

  • Low energy LED lighting solution.

  • Plumtree Ct/Stonecutter St/Shoe Ln 3000K LED with 15 lux Eav.
  • Farringdon St 4000K LED to C1 levels 30 lux Eav 0.40 Uo.

The solution

The chosen luminaire had to comply with several different lighting standards to meet the requirements of different lighting tasks – main and minor roads and building façade. Sephora Cubis lanterns ticked all the boxes.

The final scheme comprises piggyback style units with Sephora 650 lanterns lighting the main TfL traffic route in front of the building (on 8m and 5m columns) and column and wall-mounted, smaller 450 lanterns throughout the rest of the scheme.

In keeping with The City of London’s lighting strategy, a mix of 4000K and 3000K colour temperatures were selected where appropriate to the scheme.

Lanterns were supplied with Urban Control internal nodes, making them compatible with the City of London’s award-winning CMS deployment.

With its conscious lighting scheme design, the building will realise a significant reduction in carbon emissions and energy consumption, to help the firm reach its carbon-neutral targets.

“The high output performance of the Sephora lantern combined with its contemporary curved aesthetics made it the ideal luminaire for this project.”

Andrew Rogers, Mechanical & Electrical Manager, Department of the Built Environment at City of London

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