German giant Siemens said it is working to develop an integrated digital solution to help the world-famous Halle orchestra, based in Manchester, U.K., cut its costs by 35% through energy reduction.
Siemens’ integrated digital solution will aim to make Halle St. Peter’s, the historic recording and rehearsal venue, highly energy efficient.
The new £4.3 million ($5.66 million) three-storey extension, to be known as The Oglesby Centre, will include sensors which monitor and automatically adjust temperature, air quality and lighting to achieve optimal room conditions.
This will lower energy consumption in every room in the new building to significantly reduce operating costs by up to 35% and lower CO2 emissions from the building, Siemens said.
Meanwhile, Siemens’ Green Leaf controls will notify room users of unnecessary energy consumption.
The system’s ability to automatically regulate temperature and humidity has the added benefit of providing well-balanced acoustics for performers and the audience, the German firm said.
As part of the project Siemens has installed its fire monitoring device, Cerberus Pro, and a new CCTV security system.
These systems are linked into Siemens’ digital building management system, Desigo, which is an intuitive platform that can be used to keep the building and its users safe and secure.
The Desigo also future proofs the historic St Peter’s building by using open communication protocols which can connect to third party devices and is IoT-ready so it can connect to new smart devices in the future.
Robin Phillips, Siemens Manchester site director, said: “With tens of thousands of people visiting the venue each year, the Halle needed an intelligent system which responds to changes in the building in real time and is easy to control. The technology we are installing 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,” Phillips added.
John Summers, chief executive of the Halle, said: “The sustainability and energy efficiency of this magnificent new facility was also at the heart of our design. Working with Siemens we have been able to find state-of-the-art solutions which will support Halle’s targets for energy efficiency, comfort, safety and security.”