Maple Leaf Centre, Solihull
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Maple Leaf Centre, Solihull

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health trust boosts patient wellbeing with a connected Tamlite Lighting system.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive mental healthcare service for residents of Birmingham and Solihull, and a range of specialist mental health services to communities across the West Midlands and beyond.

Until 2014, The Maple Leaf Centre (previously known as the John Black Hospital) had been a key inpatient unit for adults who were suffering with their mental health. The unit was then closed, and remained empty for 5 years. The NHS has refurbished the building, and it is being utilised as an outpatient facility, opened in September 2019.

The refurbishment involved opening up the space and allowing in more natural light, which has been determined to provide significant benefits for building occupants, as well as benefitting the wellbeing of staff. To accentuate this, Tamlite Lighting was specified to deliver an upgraded lighting solution, replacing the existing unsuitable system.

Delivering Wellbeing

The most notable enhancement to the Centre is in the reception space, where visitors first enter the building. Walls have been painted in pastel colours, delivering a vibrant, but not overwhelming, sense of colour throughout, which has been enhanced by the lighting upgrade.

For elderly patients with mental health concerns, colour is a critical aspect of giving a sense of spatial awareness and comfort. The Alzheimer’s Society recommends that furniture and walls should have visibly different colours, in order to help patients depth perception (Alzheimer’s Society, 2017). Tamlite’s MODLED LG luminaires in the reception space have a high colour rendering index, displaying colours on the walls and furniture at their most natural.

Through the use of low glare luminaires and daylight harvesting, illumination levels are kept at a consistent level throughout the day. This consistency is key to ensuring that patients are not dazzled or affected by shadowing throughout the centre due to the uniformity of light.

John Scott, Capital Developments Manager, commented, “We consulted patients to gather their thoughts on what would make the reception area more comfortable, then we worked with the architects and Tamlite to develop a space that suited the patients.”

In addition to patients, the building will hold over 100 members of staff throughout offices and clinic rooms. Promoting staff wellbeing is crucial to ensure that they are comfortable and focused throughout the entire working day, improving productivity and ensuring the best care for patients.

Linear lighting systems were installed throughout the bright, open plan offices, providing uniform light distribution in accordance with BS EN 12464, in order to minimise the risk of glare, eye strain and improve staff wellbeing.

Emergency Lighting

Over 300 luminaires were installed in this project, and almost half are emergency fittings. This demonstrates the commitment to safety of the Maple Leaf Centre. Emergency lighting is particularly important in care homes and for those who may be suffering from mental illness, clear direction is needed on how to exit the building in the event of an emergency.

In addition to emergency signage at every exit throughout the building, non-emergency luminaires such as the DELTA bulkhead, in escape routes, were specified with emergency variants.

The emergency lighting system has been brought together via the Tamlite e-Connect system. This self-test network allows for the automatic testing, monitoring and reporting of emergency luminaires. This removes the need for manual tests, provides live status reports and allows for time-scheduled tests.

John Scott commented, “The self-test system allows for significant cost-savings on testing and maintenance, as well as savings on the time required to conduct the monthly and annual tests.”

Efficiency is Key

The new Tamlite Lighting system was installed in conjunction with CEF Stourbridge. This partnership meant that the project was completed on time and in full.

John Scott said, “The quality of the fittings was crucial, particularly to ensure that we reduce our energy costs. It was also vital that the fittings had a 5-year warranty, to provide confidence going forward. We were also pleased with the delivery and project management, meaning it all came together efficiently.”

All Tamlite Sales Engineers are LIA certified, and our Technical Design team have over 100 combined years of experience in lighting design. As members of RELUX, they are able to design bespoke project solutions.

As a BAFE certified company, Tamlite Lighting emergency lighting system designs are confirmed to be compliant with British emergency lighting standards, providing peace of mind to our customers.

Tamlite is also a member of the ICEL (Industry Committee of Emergency Lighting), a division of the LIA, representing the highest level of legislation in terms of luminaire quality, specialising in emergency lighting.

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