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Aurora and Haron Robson win Central Plaza One restoration project

Aurora, in collaboration with Haron Robson, is delighted to have recently been appointed to manage the lighting restoration project for the foyer of the fifth tallest building in Brisbane, Queensland. A landmark site, Central Plaza One is owned by ISPT, one of the largest commercial property trusts in Australia.

Fred Nimarota,
Aurora's Head of Australia

“This is a very complex project to manage not only from a manufacturing prospective but logistically due to the bespoke sizing of the LED Wall panels. They vary from 2 meters wide not to mention the 8 different bespoke sized LED ceiling panels which will see over 1000 panels installed in the foyer ” said Fred Nimarota, Sales Director and Head of Aurora Lighting, Australia.

The Challenge

The building, completed in 1988, was designed by renowned Japanese architect Kurokawa Kisho and inspiration for the original foyer lighting was derived from ancient, traditional Japanese lanterns. It necessitated the installation of 1,305 acrylic panels of various sizes each of which was backlit with fluorescents. The fact that these panels beamed down from18 metres (or 5 stories) above floor level made them difficult to clean and fearsomely expensive to replace. To meet NABER’s rating targets the previous owners turned the lights off and that is how they have remained since 2006. 

The refurbishment of these panels plus 70 backlit wall mounted lanterns was going to require some very untraditional thinking.

“Haron Robson has been in business for 30 years,” Glen Haron pointed out. “As such we are not afraid of new challenges. We are well equipped to come up with ideas that no one else has thought of and consider them in the context of all the issues associated with a project.” 

The Solution

“The first thoughts of all parties was to reinvigorate the existing infrastructure simply by installing new lighting technology.” said Haron. “But after consulting with Richard Massey and Fred Nimarota the Director of Aurora Lighting and reassessing the enormity of the project and all the issues it entailed, we agreed that a complete rethink was required.” 

After exhaustive testing and the establishment of a detailed plan to manage the logistics, the new design is being implemented and is expected to take about eight weeks to complete.

“The solution we came up seems obvious now that we’ve done it,” concluded Haron. “It is revolutionary but happily after 32 years in business we have the credibility and track record to support new ways of doing things. The client was convinced our solution was the way to go.”

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