1FA (Finsbury Avenue)
Category A to Category B with LINIA
RIDI Group has had a major role in the refurbishment of 1FA. The iconic grade II listed building originally constructed in the 1980’s by Arup Associates has undergone a change from single tenancy to mixed use. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects oversaw the re-development for British Land and selected RIDI-LINIA for the majority of the internal lighting. The result is a successful mixed usage space with retail, leisure, and flexible co-working. The lighting system needed to be adaptable and appropriate for such a project.
RIDI LINIA | Continuous BusBar Lighting System
Category A – Installation
Category A Installation
The entire building was lit with the RIDI LINIA system which is a product used for both industrial and commercial buildings. Supplied in black finish, the product looked both modern and technical for what is a completely stripped back exposed services space. The LINIA system was supplied with the MPS low-glare luminaire modules to provide office compliance together with exceptional efficiency and performance. RIDI supplied over 6000 of these luminaires onto its proprietary pre-wired trunking system. The system also fed the centrepiece atrium lighting that consisted of over 200 Spectral FINY’s to create a pixel effect at high level.
LINIA is flexible, cost effective and quick to install but also suited the raw techno/industrial look desired by the architect. RIDI worked with Simmtronic to integrate their DALI lighting control system. Their sensors were mounted into LINIA gear trays and used the LINIA’s built in DALI circuits for a plug-and play installation. The result is an easy to maintain adaptable system which is highly marketable to incoming tenants.
Category B Fitout
Category B – Fitout
LINIA came into its own for the various office Cat B fitouts, including space taken by Product Madness and a leading Cyber Security firm, due to its sheer flexibility – because the luminaire modules are easily demounted and can be repositioned anywhere along the trunking with tool-less simplicity. Clearly feature and decorative lighting was introduced to the various areas of the fit-out contracts, but they all worked around the core LINIA product which proved to be the mainstay lighting for the working zones. LINIA also had the advantage in that it could also be used to power additional feature and decorative products – not just from RIDI Group.
At the heart of the atrium is the rather fun Atoll café facility. The structure is designed to bring the park into the workspace and was designed by Morag Myerscough. Here they were able to take playfully take advantage of the tuneable white FINY products and set the mood according to weather and time of day. The combination is of a dramatic and organic looking atrium.