Case Study Feature

Virgin Active Silo V&A – Cape Town 

The excitement around the long running development of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town has culminated with the large scale development plans for the new Silo district. The Silo district includes the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, corporate offices, a mid-range internationally branded hotel and a high-end health club – a state of the art 3912 m² Virgin Active Classic Health Club which Sir Richard Branson himself described as “one of the best in the world”.

Aurecon Engineers and Design Line architects were involved in the planning of Cape Town’s first Virgin Active Collection Health Club and LED Lighting SA joined the project in August.

Lighting Objectives

The lighting design was crucial to the overall look and feel of the club. The emphasis on the lighting design and layouts came through from the specification and continued through to execution. The idea was to use lighting as a feature throughout the club rather than as a purely functional requirement. The atmosphere of the club required various settings unique to each area to ensure that the correct ambience is created depending on the time of day, season and function. In order to achieve such a heightened level of control and lighting detail, the LED Lighting SA team recommended on a cloud-based lighting control system.

Nonetheless, ensuring that the overall ambience, lighting design and heightened level of control where just a few of the requirements to be met. The most important objective was to ensure a minimum of four-star Green Star SA rating was achieved according to the green building council’s specification.

Lighting Solutions

Throughout the health club, extensive cove lighting has been combined with complex linear recessed light lines to create large features. This not only gives the different sections of the gym the required light sources, but also provide a unique aesthetic that carries throughout the health club. In areas where downlights have been included, clusters of the fittings were put together in the design to have varying ratios of light throughout the facility.

To ensure that the different spaces flow easily from one into another despite the various requirements per area, LED Lighting SA specified the latest in lighting management solutions from Tridonic: the ConnecDim cloud control system. This cloud-based DALI control system allows for flexible control using QR codes to recall scenes in certain venues. The club management team has control through smartphone apps and, additionally, remote smart time scheduling is a possibility. The system further allows for maintenance predictions, energy consumption reporting and a seasonal scene recall function.

Results and Benefits

The design of the lighting is not only functional, but also plays a crucial role in the overall design of the club. Due to a complex array of lighting designs, a unique feel is carried throughout the space enhancing the prestigious nature of the luxury health club. Smart time scheduling, flexible lighting management, reduced wiring and scene selection through the use of QR codes and enhanced easy-to-understand control systems allow for further control over the atmosphere of the new Virgin Active Collection Health Club.

Key Facts

  • The project started August 2015 and ended October 2016
  • 900m of FRT5 linear strip lighting were used
  • This is the first health club in South Africa to utilize the Connecdim technology.
  • Complete LED Lighting solution

Fitting types used:

  • Downlights = 322 units
  • Recessed Inlays = 32
  • Linear fittings = 278m
  • Cove light strips = 1156m
  • Daylight harvesting sensors = 79
  • Tridonic full Lighting control system, commissioned and installed.