In the heart of Bristol’s bustling commercial district stands a beacon of innovation and sustainability: One Portwall Square. This groundbreaking office development, adjacent to Temple Meads Station, prioritises occupant wellbeing and environmental responsibility in a post-COVID world. TRILUX, the renowned technical lighting expert, was pivotal in providing a comprehensive lighting solution for this award-winning project.

One Portwall Square, crafted by construction specialist Skanska and designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), has been recognised with the prestigious 2023 BCO National Award for Best Commercial Workplace. The six-story building embodies human-centric design principles, boasting contemporary architecture and flexible floorplates. Its dedication to natural light, ventilation, and spaciousness creates a sanctuary for its occupants. Sustainability is at the core of the building’s ethos, with certifications including BREEAM Excellent, EPC Rating ‘A’, Wired Score Platinum, and Active Score Platinum.

TRILUX’s lighting package perfectly aligned with the project’s vision, focusing on sustainability, wellbeing, and efficiency. From the welcoming ambience of the reception to the task-oriented illumination of office spaces, TRILUX’s contribution was integral. The lighting scheme, featuring E-LINE continuous row systems, Sonnos downlights, and B.VEO track, blends functionality with aesthetics seamlessly.

Picture stepping into an office illuminated to 350 lux, effortlessly adapting to the rhythms of the day. TRILUX’s strategic lighting design maximises natural light, reducing reliance on artificial lighting. With over 54% of the space meeting Daylight Autonomy Standards, the workspace is both sustainable and energy-efficient. Smart lighting with presence detection minimises wastage and adapts to occupancy levels, enhancing efficiency.

A centralised lighting management and reporting system, coupled with TRILUX UK’s remote access solution, ensures optimal efficiency. Remote monitoring and fault rectification capabilities enable seamless maintenance, contributing to the longevity of the lighting infrastructure.

Eddie Aze, Senior Electrical Engineer at SRW, Skanska UK, stated, “TRILUX was a great choice for the lighting needs of this award-winning office facility. Their range covers every office lighting demand, meeting the modern needs of a post-COVID workplace.”

One Portwall Square is a successful fusion of contemporary design and innovative technology. It celebrates human wellbeing and environmental responsibility, setting a new standard for sustainable office developments.

Photography: Timothy Soar Photography.

Project Team

– Main Contractor: SKANSKA.

– MEP Engineering: ARUP.

– Architects: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM).

– Lighting & Controls: TRILUX.


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