Ikon Gallery Birmingham

In 2013, Ikon received a small capital grant of £457,387 to replace, repair and modernize its 138 year old redbrick neo-gothic building.

The Ikon Gallery is a contemporary art venue in Birmingham. It is an educational charity that works to encourage public engagement with contemporary art through debate and participation. In 2013, Ikon received a small capital grant of £457,387 to replace, repair and modernize its 138 year old redbrick neo-gothic building. Built in 1877 and refurbished from dereliction in the late 1990s into gallery, retail and café spaces, the aims of the capital project included ensuring crucial equipment was reliable and safe, making the building more efficient, reducing energy consumption, environmental impacts and running costs.

Ikon invested £53,722 in replacing light fittings throughout the building with LED and presence detection technology. Ageing tungsten halogen track lighting in the gallery spaces was replaced with Designed Architectural Lighting’s ‘Baltic LED’ spot lights. Lancashire-based manufacturer, Lamps & Lighting, supplied luminaires for public and back of house areas. On an annual basis Ikon estimates that the new lighting will reduce energy use by 45,000 kWh per year, saving circa £5,000 per year at their current tariff. A second phase of LED replacement works is expected 2015-16.

Ikon has also invested in a reusable walling system for their exhibitions. The new ‘ReForm’ system is a modular system comprising aluminium framework and profile-edged MDF cladding to create seamless walls and window infills. The only waste is the narrow joint filler strip that is removed during deconstruction. All boards and frames can be used again. They worked closely with the ReForm system supplier to develop semi-bespoke systems of varying scale made for specific gallery structures that are frequently erected and dismantled. This approach has significantly reduced landfill waste.

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