Caernarfon Station

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are a heritage gem nestled in the scenic heart of North Wales. The company runs both the world’s oldest narrow gauge railway (Ffestiniog) and the UK’s most extensive heritage railway (Welsh Highland). Three of the first locomotives still operate with original carriages which date back over 150 years, offering passengers an unparalleled experience back in time to the ‘golden age of rail travel.’

The Welsh Highland Railway is the longest heritage railway in the UK, running 25 miles from the walled castle town of Caernarfon to the harbour town of Porthmadog. Passengers the world over travel to enjoy the picturesque journey, which runs past the foot of Snowdon, through the idyllic village of Beddgelert, and by the breathtaking Aberglaslyn Pass, on its way to Porthmadog.

Following the £1.25 million renovation of Porthmadog Harbour Station in 2014 – which saw greatly-improved passenger facilities – Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways were keen to also improve their Caernarfon Station, by building a brand new station.

The proposed budget for this project was £2.2 million. The new Caernarfon Station also formed a crucial part of the £16 million Waterfront Development Project, led by Gwynedd County Council. This larger project aims to give parts of Caernarfon a significant boost.


MPH Construction Builders and Contractor Systems Electrical were responsible for the project. Max Fordham was the consultant, and Purcell were the architects. Dextra Lighting was chosen for the project as we offer the decorative and architectural products able to meet the project requirements and could also coincide with the controls strategy.

For this project, we supplied lighting for the stations’ shop, cafe, office, main commercial kitchen, ticket desk and waiting area. We also supplied lighting for the WC and lobby, plant rooms and storage area, glass-roofed rotunda area, and both the front external and back external areas of the new station building.

For the shop and cafe areas, we opted to install our RUNWAY SURFACE/SUSPENDED lighting. This product was selected as it features the lines the architect required to fit between vertical boards. We supplied 24 of these luminaires in total, all emergency versions (NM3) and sensor-controlled (REAS DR LL ML).

We also installed 18 of our RUNWAY RECESSED luminaires in the cafe area. These were emergency versions (NM3), and sensor-controlled (REAS DR LL ML). Dextra Lighting’s RUNWAY RECESSED luminaires are the recessed version of our RUNWAY SURFACE/SUSPENDED lighting. Both products are particularly ideal in applications where lighting is required to fulfil both practical and architectural purposes. These were selected as they could carry on the design feature fanning across the building. The area in which we installed these luminaires has plasterboard ceilings so the lights could be recessed to suit both the architecture and aesthetic. This attractive, durable yet slimline lighting is available in a range of lengths, lumen outputs and with a variety of customisable options to enhance any environment for workers or potential customers.

For the public WC and WC lobby circulation, we installed our popular Protec LED. Dextra Lighting’s Protec LED offers ingress protection options, including an IP65 rating for use in bathrooms and wet areas, which fitted the requirements of this application. This lighting also offers impressive energy cost savings, which tie in well with environmental management policies requiring a commitment to energy savings. Popular with high-end specifications, our Protec LED offers an extensive range of interchangeable bezels, beam angles, reflectors, and colour attachments, as well as a range of emergency, dimming, and sensor-compatible options. We supplied a total of 28 luminaires in this area. These were emergency versions (NM3) with an integral sensor control (REAF 7 6A LL).

The main commercial kitchen required special requirement lighting, for which we installed 6 of our emergency version (NM3) IMPR LEDs. This product was selected as it offers ingress protection IP65 and covers requirements for both the area and ceiling type. Dextra Lighting’s IMPR Luminaire range is durable, recessed, and IP65 rated, and is ideal for arduous applications with dirty, dusty and wet environments. We offer this lighting in many sizes and lumen outputs, as well as dimming and emergency options, making it easily customisable to each application.

The station office required a compliant fitting for the use of VDUs. For this reason, we chose to install 5 of our MOD OFFICE luminaires with emergency versions also and sensor-controlled (REAF7 6A LL). Dextra Lighting’s MODLED OFFICE LED is specially designed for applications where monitors are used, such as classrooms and offices. This high output LED offers a high lux level while complying with the latest BSEN 12464 glare requirements.