Cardiff & Vale College City Campus

The Cardiff & Vale College City Campus (CAVC) is a further education college in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. It is home to more than 30,000 students a year across it full and part-time courses.

The college was formed in September 2011 by the merger of Barry College and Coleg Glan Hafren. The merger was a result of the Welsh Assembly Government encouraging colleges in Wales to collaborate so that it could maximise benefits for students. It is now one of the largest colleges in Wales.

In 2015 a new main campus costing £45 million was opened in Dumballs Road, Cardiff, to cater for 4,000 students. Facilities included 130 teaching rooms, film and dance studios, a theatre, a hair salon and spa and, on the top floor, a public bar and restaurant.

Working for Gary Collins, Head of Estates Operations at CAVC alongside contractor ASG Electrical. Dextra was required to work quickly to meet a fast-turnaround time, delivering the bespoke solutions in a six-week window for completion.

Despite the new CAVC City Campus only being opened in 2015, it had a very dated lighting package. LED lighting was a target area for the college as part of an energy saving programme to improve on their existing T5, T8 and Compact Fluorescent Lamps that were unreliable and proving expensive to maintain.

THE SOLUTION

The bespoke LED solutions that Dextra Lighting delivered for this project were central to the college being able to make significant savings on their maintenance bills, whilst improving on their energy consumption across the campus. As well as this, the refurbishment programme considered the well-being of their students as well as the practicality of maintaining the new light fittings.

With the guidance of Dan Smolinski from Dextra Lighting and Gary Collins from CAVC, Dextra were able to target the most inefficient T8 Lighting first, followed by the T5 Lamps and the compact fluorescent solutions.

Speaking about the project, Andrew Gardener, ASG Electrical said: “An unbelievable achievement by Dan and everyone at Dextra Lighting, from site survey to completion inside six weeks was simply incredible, this project was a pleasure to deliver to my client on their largest campus in the heart of our capital city.”

Gary Collins, Head of Estates Operations at CAVC said: “A fantastic project to be involved with, from proposal to completion using bespoke Dextra fittings was a great achievement, I look forward to working with Dextra again on our next project.”

“An unbelievable achievement by Dan and everyone at Dextra Lighting, from site survey to completion inside six weeks was simply incredible, this project was a pleasure to deliver to my client on their largest campus in the heart of our capital city.”

Andrew Gardener, ASG Electrical