Mercure Greenwich Hotel – UK

Location: London

Client: Periquin Ltd, owned by Lady Rona Delves Broughton.

Lighting Design: Melissa Electrical

Products: Integrex, Cold Cathode


The 4* Mercure London Greenwich Hotel is a former police “Section House”, located in a quiet conservation area in Royal Greenwich.  Commissioned by the Metropolitan Police, and designed by McMorran and Whitby Architects in 1944, the former Maurice Drummond House provided accommodation and training facilities for police officers working within the Royal Borough of Greenwich until 1994.  It reopened as the Mercure in 2013; the external shell of the original building has been retained along with many of the architectural features and a two-storey glass extension has been constructed at roof level.

Project brief

The project brief was to turn the old training college into a hotel that had presence which would stand out from afar, to create a visual image that would entice people inside.  The client, Lady Delves Broughton wanted an external lighting scheme that would add visibility to the hotel from the approach roads, making it an iconic building in the area, and a focal point for guests and potential visitors.

acdc’s solution

acdc’s engineer Paul Whitaker met with the client and lighting designer; and based on their requirements devised a final design and specification for the project.  Following an onsite mock-up of the scheme, it was agreed that acdc’s RGB Integrex would be the most effective solution to the project brief.

The incredibly powerful mains on-board linear luminaire evenly washes surfaces up to 10 metres high, allowing for the full effect Lady Broughton desired.  The colour change feature is controlled by the hotels existing dimmer system, ensuring ease of use for the maintenance staff based at the hotel.

Tim Garlinge, Managing Director of Melissa Electrical commented “I chose acdc, as we have worked with them previously on a specified project at the Royal Geographical Society; we were impressed with the quality of the luminaires and the uniqueness of some of their products.”

As Europe’s largest cold cathode manufacturing facility, acdc were also able to assist in producing approx. 50m of exterior contour cold cathode which followed the parapet around the roof section of the hotel.  Tim, further commented “I knew that acdc had the ability to supply the cold cathode lighting within the design remit that we had, and we were very happy with the result”

Tim added “We had a few teething issues after installation, but these have all been dealt with efficiently and effectively.  We are all extremely pleased with the finished product and look.”


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