Dextra Lighting design, manufacture and deliver a complete LED upgrade for the newly-refurbished YMCA building in North Shields, North Tyneside. Using a range of carefully selected LED luminaires, the new lighting system has modernised the premises and cut down energy usage by 54%.

About the Client

Since 1938, the YMCA North Tyneside building on Church Way has been instrumental in supporting the local community and young people in need. In recognition of its efforts and vital presence in North Shields, the YMCA was awarded a £425,014 grant to modernise the building by Big Lottery Fund, as part of the Reaching Communities programme aimed at improving places that matter most to the community.

For 80 years, the community hub has dedicated itself to increasing the wellbeing of young adults by offering training and education, fitness and leisure facilities and accommodation. The centre is also home to a number of charities offering a variety of specialised support services including: North Tyneside Carers, Tyneside & Northumberland Mind, North Tyneside Council and Adult Learning Alliance.

Dextra Lighting were soon approached by M & E engineering consultants and c2e Project Management, to participate in the redevelopment project, on account of a proven-track record for quality, unrivalled delivery times, bespoke service and a wide range of premium energy-efficient products. A complete lighting upgrade was required to reinvigorate the premises, helping YMCA create a stimulating and welcoming environment for members and visitors to enjoy.

Using the Dextra Lighting’s precision engineered, ECA compliant products, manufactured with the latest high-quality LED sources, YMCA was able to complete its vision of creating a financially and environmentally sustainable facility that would serve the community well in the years to come.

The Brief

Dextra Lighting worked closely with the appointed architects and consultants to transform the building into a modern and inclusive community hub. Areas in need of renovation included a large multi-purpose hall, common rooms, kitchens, a lobby and reception, as well as various corridors and stairwells. In addition to improving overall lighting conditions, the luminaires selected for the refit would also have to conform to the building’s intended theme and style.

To ensure maximum return on investment, the new lighting design would need to utilise luminaires manufactured with the latest high-quality LED sources to keep energy and maintenance costs to a minimum.

“YMCA was able to complete its vision of creating a financially and environmentally sustainable facility”


Classic LED – Entrance, Corridors and Lobby

As the name suggests, the Classic LED pendant luminaire combines the traditional bell design with today’s standard of energy-efficiency and performance. With the latest Philips DLM Twistable LED sources enclosed within an attractive aluminium spun reflector, the suspended luminaire is a popular choice for designs trying to make an architectural statement, whilst offering significant energy savings compared to HID or fluorescent alternatives.

Selected for its characteristic style, subtly blurring the lines between contemporary and vintage aesthetics, the luminaire helped create a unique and even playful atmosphere.

The Classic LED is an ideal choice for low-level general, display or over-counter lighting, but can be used creatively for a variety of applications. From a range of output packages and colour temperatures, the Classic LED was supplied in a 2000lumen version with 4000k cool-white LED lamps to provide visual clarity and comfort in all areas. Flexible 5 metre suspension cords were provided in black to match the design concept of the interior.