Specifier Review
Great Yarmouth Town Hall Sees The Light

Great Yarmouth Town Hall Sees The Light

Great Yarmouth Town Hall was built in 1880 and was designed by architect JB Pearce. In 2007 a project to replace the roof decaying brick and stonework was started, with funding from English Heritage. In 2010 planning began for the refurbishment of the interiors. Beta-Calco worked with Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Jeremy Stacey Architects and Kevin Boast Building Services to design a sustainable lighting scheme for a number of rooms within this historic building.


Fluorescent luminaires have been used in most rooms and corridors. Axalis, Trilogy and Windsor luminaires were installed to complement the 19th Century building, utilising modern technology to incorporate dimming and self test emergency lighting which is controlled by the building management system.

Beta-Calco’s new innovative Xacara LED pendant has been used in the assembly room, which has been completely redecorated, including new flooring. 18 of these luminaires have been installed around the hall to give general illumination, with dimming facilities and self test emergency lighting being integral in the luminaires. The assembly room ceiling height is in excess of 6m and by using the LED luminaires lamp changes have been avoided and therefore no need to use motorised lifting gear, thus saving the client money both on installation costs and on ongoing maintenance.

The specification of the Xacara used 6 x 26W 4000K yielding an efficacy of more than 70 lumens per watt. Combined with a life of over 50,000 hours. The client has been complimentary and enthusiastic as to how the Xacara has blended in to the re-decorated Assembly Room, complementing the colour scheme and ambience of the space.

Beta Manufacturing was established in 1942 in Bradford by the current President’s grandfather. In the early 90’s, with increasing energy costs, the low energy lighting market started to expand in North America. At that stage a decision was made to set up a facility in North America and ‘Beta-Calco Inc’ was born. In June 2004 Beta-Calco took over what was originally its own parent company Beta Lighting Ltd., the company has evolved with the times, and is now a leading manufacturer of innovative, uniquely designed luminaires.