Siemens helps Hallé go green14 January 2020

Siemens’ digital building management system, Desigo, can be controlled using portable devices

Siemens is helping the Hallé orchestra cut its costs by 35% through energy reduction.

It has created an integrated digital solution to make Hallé St Peter’s, the historic recording and rehearsal venue in Manchester, energy efficient.

The new £4.3m three-storey extension, known as The Oglesby Centre, includes sensors that monitor and automatically adjust temperature, air quality and lighting to achieve optimal room conditions. This will look to lower energy consumption in every room in the new building to reduce operating costs by up to 35% and lower CO2 emissions from the building.

Meanwhile, Siemens’ Green Leaf controls can notify the room user of unnecessary energy consumption to encourage them to actively save energy.

As part of the project, Siemens has also installed its fire monitoring device, Cerberus Pro, and a new CCTV security system. These systems are linked into Siemens’ digital building management system, Desigo.

The Desigo also future proofs the historic St Peter’s building by using open communication protocols that can connect to third party devices – not just Siemens products - and is Internet of Things (IoT)-ready.

Robin Phillips, Siemens Manchester site director, says: “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.

“It also functions discreetly behind the scenes, without compromising the performer or audience experience or the integrity of the design. It has been fantastic to be able to bring together our experts in our Building Technologies and Smart Infrastructure division to create a safe, comfortable and highly energy efficient building.”

Siemens installed the technology ahead of the building’s official opening in November.

Adam Offord

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