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Halo Lights Up the Night
Paul Conneally | October 30, 2007 at 04:48 pmby
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LIGHTING experts in Peterborough have helped bring to life a huge landmark that is part of an ambitious regeneration venture.
Consultants CC-Vision has provided the advice which has lit up the Halo Panoptical in Rossendale, East Lancashire.
It is the fourth in a series of iconic panopticons sited throughout the county, and all of which are part of a four-year regeneration project led by Mid Pennine Arts and supported by the Lancashire Economic Partnership.
Lighting designer and CC-`Vision’s director Michael Barham said: “Halo was a very ambitious project. Our role was to support designer John Kennedy’s concept and make it glow at night.
“The design is quite unique, and it has been a huge success. Halo is visible for miles around. It really puts this bit of the Pennines on the map.”
Halo is an 18m-diameter steel lattice sculpture supported on tripod five metres above reclaimed ground. It is illuminated against the night sky making it one of Britain’s most distinctive and innovative landmarks. It is clearly visible from the surrounding towns and major roads and its landing platform provides a vantage point to the surrounding countryside.
Trusses, radiating from the central conical core of the structure, support luminous blue rings, lit with more than 700 slow-energy LEDs. The lighting, powered by a nearby wind turbine, has been designed to minimise light pollution and to avoid any disruption to the wildlife. The installation was carried out by electrical contractors KA Wind, also based in Peterborough