Mercia School, Sheffield


Incorporating a multi-service luminaire for maximum space flexibility

The Mercia School is a truly outstanding, contemporary building comprising a mixture of traditional learning spaces, specialist classrooms, a sports hall and a set of multi-functional community facilities. 

The project design brief was focused on a modern look with open soffit ceilings and maximised natural light penetration, with a particular challenge being a lack of wall space for installation of other services. 

In order to deliver flexible learning spaces and maximise the usable floor area in classrooms, allowing pupils to develop their full potential, Whitecroft Lighting incorporated Foil Radiant, an integrated services solution combining lightingacoustic and heating technology. 

The solution

As it was imperative to supply the necessary services while not detracting from a clean, productive learning space, Whitecroft Lighting equipped science classrooms with over 200 Foil Radiant luminaires, a multi-service light fitting developed with heating specialists Zehnder. By integrating both the heating and acoustic services into a single lighting feature, Foil Radiant delivers an uncluttered space conducive to the teaching environment envisaged by both the architect and the Mercia Learning Trust, to support the vision and values of the school.

To further contribute to the enhanced learning environment and add to the visual cohesion of the project we used Foil SRD with integrated acoustics panels, Avenue LED and Oculus luminaires throughout the building. 


Pupils catered for


Project value


Foil Radiant luminaires

Key facts

Project Name

Mercia School



Project Value

£25 million


Sheffield City Council


Bond Bryan


BAM Construction and Mott MacDonald


September 2018

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