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RVI MediCinema receives Gradus upgrade

14 September 2010

Lighting specialist Gradus has helped bring the magic of the silver screen to hospital patients at Newcastle-Upon-Tynes' Royal Victoria Infirmary after donating products to the new MediCinema.

The RVI MediCinema is a state-of-the-art auditorium and holds around 55 people, enabling patients and their families to enjoy the latest films. The digital cinema has surround sound plus tiered seating and has been specially designed to be fully accessible for all patients, including those in beds and wheelchairs.

MediCinema is a registered charity that has formed a unique partnership with the health sector and film industry, installing cinemas in hospitals around the UK.

Gradus supplied the RVI MediCinema with Decorflex LED rope lighting, aisle lighting and Interlock Advance step lighting to help create a full cinematic experience for patients.

Decorflex rope lighting in blue was used to illuminate the walls in the single-screen cinema, creating an attractive bespoke lighting effect. Offering a low power alternative to neon, Decorflex is a string of LEDs housed in a flexible tube that is safe to touch and resistant to vibration. PVC-u aisle trims illuminated in green were also installed to highlight the walkway. Carpet-to-wall profiles were used which help to prevent the build up of dirt and debris around the edges. Finally, transparent PVC-u stair edgings with a green Interlock Advance LED lighting strip were installed on each step edge to create a pinpoint lighting effect that helps cinemagoers to safely identify changes in level.

MediCinema Chief Executive, Christine Hill;

"We cannot thank Gradus enough for so generously donating the lighting for the MediCinema auditorium at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. Their lighting has helped create the magic that is cinema for the patients of the RVI, so that even those in beds and wheelchairs can experience the all-encompassing environment of a cinema.”

Gradus Lightings' Steve Gallagher;

“The RVI’s new MediCinema is a wonderful place and will certainly be of huge benefit to patients and their families. Lighting effects help to create a special ambience and add to the enjoyment of cinema-goers, but they are also vital for public safety. Steps and changes in level can make cinema auditoria difficult to navigate, so effective lighting is essential for maximising safety and reducing the risk of trips.”

As well as lighting products, Gradus also supplied and installed a comprehensive wall protection system throughout the RVI in the hospital corridors, waiting rooms, service areas and main atrium.

With over 25 years experience, Gradus has provided lighting solutions for clients including Warner Bros, Odeon, Everyman and Vue Cinemas. The interiors specialist offers a full project management service and installation, plus ongoing maintenance and after care.

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