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Brilliance Blackpool

Brilliance is a Light & Sound Installation in Blackpool – UK spanning over 4 streets. Originally called Regeneration by Light and funded by the North West Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund and Blackpool Council

In a town that is synonymous with lighting Blackpool needed something to bring back the “Wow” factor to it’s Illuminations and regenerate the night time economy within the town centre.

The Surrounding streets project gracefully onto the floor and buildings with eye catching colourful imagery enticing people into the centerpiece on Birley Street. Once there you witness a Light & Sound Show on a grand scale with different shows and music catering for all tastes.

Lighting Magazine said “Journalists are averse to the word ‘unique’, which has become a sloppy synonym for ‘unusual’. The light and sound installation in Blackpool’s Birley Street, however, undoubtedly merits the word and, one suspects, would also be used by the project participants to describe their experience in designing, making and installing it.”

Brilliance has also been awarded “Tourism Attraction of the year” in the 2010 Blackpool Tourism Awards and Highly Commended in the 2009 years Lighting Design Awards.

Equipment Used:

Control System

  • 3 x ShowCAD Artist Lighting Controllers
  • 3 x Standard PC Monitors
  • 2 x ELO Touch Screens
  • 5 x 4 Way Pathport DMX Outputs
  • 1 x WYSIWYG System
  • 1 x SCADA Intelligent Power Management System
  • 1 x Wireless DMX System for Surrounding Streets

Birley Street

  • 18 x Robe Colour Spot 2500 AT’s
  • 18 x Tempest Tornado Domes
  • 12 x Pulsar Chroma Flood 200’s
  • 1200 x Colour Kinetics I Colour Flex SL LED’s
  • 24 x Bose Speakers
  • 45 x Lengths of White LED Strips used as Street Lighting

Church Street

  • 6 x Robe Colour Spot 2500 AT’s
  • 6 x Tempest Tornado Domes
2009 has seen the completion of our largest public space installation in the UK. Brilliance was proposed some 3 years back as a scheme to regenerate the Birley Street area of Blackpool. ShowCAD were central to the technical design of the scheme from the outset. We were partnered by several contractors and consultants and the scheme has been a great success. It has certainly attracted people to the area and it will, in time, attract new up market businesses and in turn elevate the standing of the area.

The project was centred on Birley Street but included the four surrounding streets one of which is picture here. The beautifully designed street lighting columns had Robe intelligent yoke lighting housed in weather proved spheres.
These surrounding streets have DMX supplied via wireless connection in order to avoid digging up the new laid Chinese paving stones.
The lighting on these streets is programmed to provide gentle effect lighting. When they are not in used Artist turns on the normal metal halide street light.

Birley Street has six very striking arches with various lighting fixtures. To appreciate the scale notice the man to left of the second arch.
The street lighting is mounted in three trunkings spanning the six arches.
Artist controls all of this and plays the music that the shows are time coded to. An elegant and integrated solution.

The control room overlooks the street and allows for live show playback and interaction with the audience.

This would generally be a deserted street at this time. The transformation is real and the regeneration process has begun.

Posted on

28 February 2012