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The Courtauld Gallery – Somerset House

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Conversion, lighting, climate control and technical work on heritage site

Eaton Electrical are delighted to have won a new project at the famous Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House, London.

The Courtauld Gallery houses a world famous collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art works, with other pieces dating back to the 1300s.

We were approached with the task of turning a picture store within the House into another gallery area – a technical and intricate project which required an electrical contractor that was willing and able to work with a variety of other services in coordinating the work.

With some of the works of art in the gallery dating back over 700 years, a key part of the project’s brief was to install a BMS system, allowing the gallery to control the humidity and temperature in order to meet stringent guidelines set by Art Council England and ultimately protect the paintings.

Careful consideration was also required in order to provide a suitable lighting installation that would both enhance the artworks and prevent the harmful effects of heat and UV. A low energy LED track system with CRI98 high colour rendering was utilised.

Contracts Manager at Eaton Electrical Luke Czerpak comments on the work undertaken: “All the staff at Eaton are proud to be involved in finding and installing solutions that ensure these historic works are protected.”

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May 31, 2016