New lighting for the Grand-Place in Brussels
On Wednesday, 23 November, ENGIE and the city council inaugurated a magical new lighting system on the Grand-Place in Brussels. The installation of the new system was entrusted to ENGIE Fabricom.
On 23 November 2016, Brussels’ Grand-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was given a brand new lighting system that will help to show off this architectural jewel to its best advantage. This new system uses the very latest and most environmentally friendly LED technology, which is ideal for highlighting architectural details of buildings, including the famous filigree façade of Brussels Town Hall. Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur is very happy with the new system: “I’m very pleased that the new lighting makes the square even more alluring”, he said. “Light plays a key role in making the most of the Grand-Place and especially its historical façades”, he went on.
ENGIE Fabricom’s coordinating role
This new lighting system is the fruit of a real team effort. Isabelle Corten (Radiance 35) and Patrick Rimoux, light sculptors with international reputations were commissioned to design it. Lighting solutions company Schréder designed a centralised control system for the town hall that can produce a huge variety of lighting effects. ENGIE Fabricom, the project’s coordinator, installed the LED projectors and a 10-km-long fibre-optic network for the sound and light show.
ENGIE Services Belux CEO Yanick Bigaud explained: “To install the LED lighting system, we worked together with the authorities, guarantors of the conservation of this heritage site, using techniques specially designed to ensure that the installed equipment can be removed without causing any damage whatsoever.”
Power consumption reduced by 80%
For ENGIE Fabricom, this iconic project is definitely a very fine birthday present. For this year the ENGIE Group subsidiary, which was founded shortly after World War Two to help reconstruct Belgium, is celebrating its seventieth year in business. ENGIE Fabricom built Belgium’s high-voltage electricity network and helped to construct the Brussels, Antwerp and Charleroi metro networks as well as Tihange and Doel power stations. It was also in charge of electrical installations and lighting at the Brussels World Fair, Expo 58, and carried out stability studies for the Atomium.
Today, the company is involved in all kinds of technical installations in a great many sectors, including public works, industry, rail and port infrastructure and hospitals, among others. “Public lighting is currently a very promising area for ENGIE Fabricom”, notes Marc Dirckx, the company’s General Manager, “especially relighting projects, installing LED lamps to achieve substantial energy savings. And with the new lighting system for Brussels’ Grand-Place, we cut the power consumption by 80%!”