Manchester venue goes green with Siemens tech

An historic venue for Manchester’s world-famous Hallé orchestra has cut its energy costs by 35% thanks to an integrated digital building management system from Siemens.

Posted on 4 December 2019

 

An historic venue for Manchester’s world-famous Hallé orchestra has cut its energy costs by 35 per cent thanks to an integrated digital building management system from Siemens.

A new £4.3 million three-story extension to the Hallé St Peter’s recording and rehearsal venue includes sensors to monitor and autonomously adjust temperature, air quality and lighting.

Room users are notified of any unnecessary energy consumption on in-room display units, which has ‘Green Leaf’ symbols which light up in red to encourage users to select more energy-optimal conditions.

The ability to automatically regulate temperature and humidity has the added benefit of balancing acoustics for performers and audiences.

Real-time control

Siemens installed the technology ahead of the official opening of the new extension in November, along with other integrated building management technology such as fire monitoring devices and a new CCTV system.

Robin Phillips, Siemens Manchester Site Director, said: “For more than 20 years Siemens and the Hallé have worked closely together to find new and innovative ways of partnering on projects that present the links between engineering and music.

“With tens of thousands of people visiting the venue each year, the Hallé needed an intelligent system which responds to changes in the building in real time and is easy to control. The technology we have installed allows the building to talk, tell us how it feels, if it is under stress, what it is missing.”

‘Heart of building design’

“The sustainability and energy efficiency of this magnificent new facility was at the heart of our design,” said John Summers, Hallé chief executive.

“Working with Siemens we have been able to find state-of-the-art solutions which will support Hallé’s targets for energy efficiency, comfort, safety and security.

“By reducing the building’s energy use, we can play our part in meeting the challenge of climate change while reducing operating costs, so more resources can be dedicated to nurturing future generations of musical talent.”

 

Posted under Carbon Reduction, Energy Efficiency, Energy and Renewables and Tourism on 4 December 2019