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Penistone Market Hall Lighting Design

A NEW medieval-style market hall which was built in Penistone at a cost of £1m has been criticised by local people as being dark, gloomy and more fit for a jumble sale than a farmers' market.

The oak-framed market building, which has already been nominated for an architectural award, is also said to be draughty and, as a result, Barnsley Council is now considering fitting Continental-style roller shutters to keep out the wind.

The market has been named as a finalist in the South Yorkshire and Humber LABC Building Excellence Awards, to be held in April.

Shortlisted in the Best Community Project category, the market building was designed by WCEC Architects for Barnsley Council and constructed by Carpenter Oak Ltd.

A spokesman for Barnsley Council described it as "possibly the largest public oak frame for hundreds of years" and said it "reflects the architecture and materials of the area, creating a distinctive contemporary building for the town and the community".

The controversial market building is part of the wider £15m redevelopment of Penistone town centre by Barnsley-based Dransfield Properties.

APW Lighting Consultancy Ltd were asked by Barnsley Council to relook at the lighting at the market and provide feedback and discuss alterations.

The original lighting installed was a mixture of 2D bulkhead luminaires with opal diffusers, GU10 Up/Downlights and central highbays.

With limited funds for the design, APW Lighting Consultancy Ltd provided a new design layout which removed all 2D bulkheads, and replaced with vandal resistant T5 luminaires to be placed under the lower slopped roof soffit at the same angle to stop vandalism and to help with the throw of the light towards the centre. The UP/Downlights had to stay but due to the height they were placed, 7w LED GU10 Lamps were considered to reduce maintenance. Additional to the old design, low energy flood lights with orange lenses were requested to be placed in the central area to illuminate the roof and bring out the character of the oak ceiling.

The design shows a colourful even illumination in all areas, where as the photos of the old design has little to go by.


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