Bouillon Castle reinforces its lighting
ENGIE Fabricom is currently working on restoring the fortified castle at Bouillon in the south of Belgium to its former glory with a completely LED-based lighting system. Over the years this feudal monument, which features in the list of exceptional heritage of Wallonia, has become a must-see tourist attraction. It’s time to give you a quick tour of a unique project site!
This is a region ENGIE Fabricom knows well: the ‘Bastion de Bourgogne’, the ‘Maison de la Poulie’ and the Church of St Peter and St Paul are three other historical buildings in Belgium’s province of Luxembourg that have recently benefited from our expertise in upgrading night lighting. A key consideration in these projects is the need for the utmost care when installing the cables and fitting the lighting fixtures to avoid damaging the buildings in question.
Aesthetics and energy savings
At Bouillon Castle, ENGIE Fabricom is in charge of the outdoor lighting system and of fitting LED projectors to the castle façade. The project blueprint is the work of Radiance35, a Belgian design agency specialising in feature lighting.
The system is made up of 4 kilometres of cables and 162 completely LED-based luminaires, providing energy savings of 80% compared with traditional units – as already demonstrated by the lighting for the Grand-Place in Brussels and for the Belfry of Mons.
Rope access technicians called in
Although we have built up considerable expertise in lighting for buildings of special architectural value, this project posed a variety of challenges. ENGIE Fabricom’s project manager, Marc Malbrecq, explains: “As the castle is built on a rock, its façades cannot be reached from outside with boom lifts and the spaces involved are too narrow to get to the façades from the inside. Therefore we called in rope access technicians: professionals who are used to working at heights whom we specially trained to set up the equipment.”
This project will mean that Bouillon Castle, considered the oldest and most important feudal heritage site in Belgium, will soon be restored to its former glory, making it even more worth a visit – especially after dark!