One Canada Square boasts eco-friendly glow


While Wharfers won't have noticed a difference in the warming hue surrounding One Canada Square, the environment has been reaping rewards from the tower's new, eco-friendly glow.

After two decades, more than 400 light fittings in the lobby have been replaced with LEDs.

David Clements, managing director of Future Designs in Wharfside Point South, was tasked with manufacturing the bespoke products for the ceiling alongside his team.

The new devices are expected to have a life-span of 50,000 hours, as well as prompting a saving of 48% per year on Canary Wharf Group's energy costs and an 83-tonne carbon saving every 12 months.

Paul Burgoyne, building manager of One Canada Square, said: "The installation of LED lighting gives visible evidence of our efforts to improve the energy performance of One Canada Square.

"Our tenants demand more energy efficient operations and we have matched this in providing the right setting to make our building an attractive place to work and visit.

"LEDs have been installed so that we can phase off the lights out of business hours while providing sufficient lighting levels overnight and at weekends."

David said a corporate responsibility for all buildings to use less carbon had prompted rocketing demands for LEDs in the past 15 months.

His firm has a strong history of bringing light to E14 creating 22,700 fixtures for Clifford Chance 12 years ago in addition to various projects at Barclays, JP Morgan, Shell International and the FCA - but it was this latest job which he said was one of the trickiest.

This, in part, was because of the marble adorning the communal space.

David said: "Canary Wharf Group wasn't looking for a radical change, because it's an iconic building, but the most important criteria was to ensure the floor and walls were illuminated correctly.

"So there was the pressure to chose the correct colour of LED to enhance the marble, and we did several test fittings with different make-up's over three months.

"It's the iconic building of Canary Wharf, it's Canary Wharf's centre effectively and it's timeless."