Gerard Lighting was engaged to supply internal and external luminaires for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade’s $109M specialised emergency services learning and training college in Craigieburn, Victoria.

Located in Melbourne’s north, the college has been designed as a world-class training facility with a fundamental focus on practical training, flexibility, innovation and technology. Offering classroom based learning combined with simulated scenarios, the facility is also available as a resource for other emergency service organisations to supplement their training programs.

Designed by award-winning architects Woods Bagot with engineering consultants Umow Lai & Associates, the training facility was constructed by Leighton Contractors. Eascom Electrical served as the electrical contractor on the project.

The brief for Gerard Lighting was to supply internal and external luminaires, as well as provide lighting design services and on-site support. Since the lighting needed to meet the strict efficiency and functional requirements of the project, Gerard Lighting was required to maintain considerable presence on-site as well as liaise with design services.

Gerard recommended their specified fittings as well as an alternative package to meet energy efficiency targets.

Working with the architects, engineers and builders, Gerard also provided design support with detailed light level and power efficiency calculations.

To maximise efficiency, a DALI network controlled all the internal lights in various areas including hazardous zones, offices, teaching spaces and live external props where students conducted simulated drills from a working fire station on-site.

Externally, Disano Olympic floodlights were installed for the parade ground, Disano Stelvio and Brera illuminated the carparks and internal roads, and Pierlite Trace LED and floor uplighters were fitted on the building facade.

Internally, DOT LED downlights, IRIS architectural battens, Futcha 5 and Fusion troffers, CSC HAZ luminaires, LEO LED highbays and Austube linear lights were installed.

Gerard Lighting was also commissioned to design specialised lighting for the indoor Police Training Range next door, in partnership with Safe-Shot.