As well as introducing a strict new regime at a once failing school in the West Midlands, the head teacher and her team have also worked to improve the appearance of the property: with Ecophon’s new Dot downlighter making an important contribution to the refurbishment of the main reception and science labs.

At one time HillCrest School in Dudley was deemed to be failing to meet Government targets. Now it is featured on GMTV as one of the most successful schools in the country.

Ecophon Dot system was recommended as an integral element of the designs for improving the pupils’ and visitors’ perception of the school.

The school’s Bursar, Mrs Sheila Jackson, recounts: “The school is typical of the 1950s and many of the spaces were dark and dismal. One of the aspects that was targeted in turning the school around was improving its appearance and the Ecophon ceilings with the Dot downlighters have made an enormous difference in the science lab particularly. It is lovely now – a very special place for the children to work – and we are having another lab done soon. The head teacher was made Dame Maureen Brennan by the Queen in the June 2005 birthday honours list for her contributions to education.”

The Dot luminaires with their opal acrylic louvres were installed in conjunction with Ecophon’s Master E tiles by Design Commercial Limited as the specialist ceiling contractor working for Interclass. The fit out of the foyer also features the use of the manufacturer’s Gedina E and an illuminated change in level to the soffit.

Developed primarily to provide mood lighting, Dot is suitable for use in a variety of room types. The 230/240 volt, 50 Hz luminaire can be specified with either a standard HF electronic ballast or a dimmer version for digital control. Dot can further be installed with Focus tiles and is easily demountable.

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