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First prize for the Auroralia Award 2013 goes to the city of Nimes

Exceptionally high-quality entries this year, but Nîmes, Ibarra and Durham win the top 3 prizes

First prize for the Auroralia Award 2013 goes to the city of Nimes

08/12/2013, Corporate News | Event News

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The winners of the Auroralia 2013 Award were announced at the prize ceremony organised by Schréder and LUCI in Lyon on 7th December during the annual Light Festival. More than 120 lighting professionals, from city authorities to architects and town planners gathered to discover the winning cities.
For this 5th edition, the Auroralia Award exceeded expectations with a record number of 26 cities and towns from round the world participating to promote the best sustainable urban lighting initiatives.
The quality of the entries was exceptionally high, confirming a strong commitment from cities and towns for a rational use of natural resources. The jury from the specialised press used their extensive experience to choose projects that significantly minimize the environmental footprint while balancing performance and practicality with innovation and aesthetic rigour.

1st Prize - Nîmes, France

Nîmes won 1st prize in the Auroralia Award for enhancing the mobility experience with innovative lighting solutions

As part of an Urban Transport Scheme, the city of Nîmes is actively limiting traffic in the city centre by providing environmentally friendly and economical public transport services. A key project was the implementation of a new bus service from the city centre to the A54 motorway. 
With the lighting designers from Côté Lumière, a lighting plan was drawn up to provide a coherent and contrasting lighting solution with safety and comfort for the different landscapes (new and existing) along this route. Pedestrian areas are lit by a warm light for a welcoming ambiance while the roads are lit by a colder white light and luminaires at different heights. With more than 7,000 passengers daily, the new bus service has well and truly changed the lives of local residents.

The jury were particularly impressed by this inspiring initiative to promote a more sustainable way of life by providing an enhanced experience of mobility through innovative street lighting. The new luminaires dramatically reduce the energy consumption and can be equipped with a remote management system in the future to reduce energy costs further!

2nd Prize - Ibarra, Ecuador

Ibarra won 2nd prize with the Parque Bulevar Céntrica for the impact on social interaction and the economy

The authorities of this city truly believe that they have a responsibility to provide safe and livable outdoor spaces if they want to boost tourism, new business and other economic activities. In July 2011, they launched the development of Parque Bulevar Céntrica, a 240,000m² area dedicated to cultural, educational, sports and tourist activities. This urban oasis has succeeded in strengthening social interaction and encouraging a healthier lifestyle with a better quality of life for the local residents. 
The authorities implemented the latest LED lighting solutions with a hydroelectric power supply to ensure an energy-efficient lighting solution with optimal colour rendering for excellent visual comfort and a sense of well-being. This careful selection of luminaires also means that the city has reduced its energy costs and CO2 emissions by 43% per year (340.000 kWh / 115.300 kg CO2).

By awarding the second prize to Ibarra, the jury wanted to highlight the positive impact of this project on the social, economic and environmental aspects of urban life.

3rd Prize - Durham, England

The Auroralia 3rd prize went to Durham for this striking nocturnal skyline with a strong emphasis on protecting local wildlife

Durham Castle and Cathedral are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and iconic landmarks in the United Kingdom. In 2011, as part of a general renovation plan, a new lighting scheme was launched to replace the existing system at the end of its serviceable life.
In collaboration with Stainton Lighting Design Services, a new LED lighting solution was drawn up, designed to be energy efficient, ecological and enhance the magnificent architectural details.
The LED floodlights were carefully selected to minimise energy consumption and maintenance costs. Equally, after consulting with local ecologists, even though it was decided not to illuminate certain areas to preserve the roosts of the Pipistrelle bats living nearby, an LED lighting solution with low or inexistent UV emissions was a wise choice.
The two monuments are illuminated with different colour temperatures to create a contrast and can be dynamically lit for special events thanks to a DMX control system.

This regeneration project which has created a striking nocturnal feature in the city skyline while preserving the local wildlife and generating energy savings of 78%  was unanimously praised by the press. The Auroralia judges joined in this overwhelming support by awarding the third prize to this forward thinking city.

Special Mention - Heidelberg, Germany

Heidlelberg was awarded a Special Mention for the high tech Bahnstadt campus based on sustainable concepts

When the city of Heidelberg decided to regenerate an abandoned freight area into a high-tech campus, they launched one of Germany’s largest urban development projects based entirely on sustainable passive housing standards.
The entire project including the lighting scheme integrates cutting edge technology to promote a sustainable way of life. LED luminaires equipped with a remote management system and motion detection have been installed for the upmost energy efficiency, generating 60% energy savings.

By awarding a special mention to this city, known as Germany’s “green capital”, the jury wanted to highlight their initiative as an excellent example to follow.

Nimes, Ibarra and Durham won the top 3 prizes for the Auroralia Award 2013
The winning cities celebrate with André Papoular - CEO of the Schréder Group, Marie-Gabrielle Kokken - Schréder Group Communication Director, Annelies Storms - representing the President of LUCI and members of the Auroralia jury.
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