University of Northampton


  • Sector: commercial
  • Status: Completed
  • Control Protocol: DALI
  • A/C Network: IP, T-Bus
  • Special Features: ATS, BMS
  • No. of Floors: 6 buildings
  • Developer: Bowmer & Kirkland
  • Main Contractor: MACE
  • M&E Engineers: Arup
  • Electrical Contractor: Derry BS
  • Architect: Moses Cameron Williams

“Simmtronic were a highly valued member of the DBS supply Chain on the University of Northampton New Waterside Campus project. The Learning Hub scheme of embedded services meant that the lighting and controls design needed to be finalised during the early stages of construction. Simmtronic’s pro-active approach to Design, Delivery and Commissioning enabled us to successfully deliver a fully intelligent DALI internal and external lighting scheme.”

Matt Hallam, Principal Design Engineer, Derry Building Services


  • Simmtronic implemented a fully intelligent DALI lighting control system across the Waterside Campus, providing energy saving and smart lighting throughout
  • Excluding student accommodation, we provided lighting controls across the university site, including: Learning Hub, Creative Hub, Senate Building, Engine Shed, Energy Centre, Sports Centre, all Public Realm
  • The smart lighting across the site is connected together using TCP/IP SPX.330+ Lighting Area Controllers, allowing the Campus Facilities Management Team to use one SPC.3020 Head End Processor for all of their smart lighting and maintenance needs
  • The university’s six different types of buildings have different types of requirements and control philosophies
  • The ability to provide automatic control of lighting output is present in the majority of buildings, courtesy of daylight dimming
  • All lighting controls are sub-addressed DALI, enabling smart lighting features throughout the campus


  • Simmtronic was awarded ‘Lighting Project of the Year’ as well as ‘Project of the Year’ at the Electrical Review Excellence Awards 2019 for our work on this project
  • Work commenced on the University’s £330m brand-new Waterside Campus in October 2015, designed to adapt to 21 century teaching
  • The University is one of the few universities to be awarded Gold for The Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) by the government
  • It was the first university in the UK to be named as a Changemaker Campus in 2012
  • Situated on a 58-acre site next to the River Nene, the university has helped established social enterprises and community interest companies, for example: a logistics company called Goodwill, helps ex-offenders and former service personnel into employment with high rates of success

Thank you Simmtronic, for your professional, fast and reactive support with the delivery of these projects.

Adam Scadding

EDDS Limited

Simmtronic have delivered a large number of technically challenging projects for DBS and consistently continued to provide outstanding service. Their support, guidance and help throughout the process has been exceptional, working closely with our design teams to ensure the right solution for the project and a sound understanding of the brief, with our delivery teams to ensure the installation and commissioning are trouble free and then providing fantastic after care to the customer. They have added true engineered value into the projects they have been involved in for Derry Building Services.

Geoff Caborn

Derry Building Services

Simmtronic have been a valued member of the DBS supply chain for over 10 years. Their pro-active and collaborative approach to lighting controls from the design stage, through to commissioning is highly valued by both our Design and Delivery Engineers.

Matt Hallam

Derry Building Services

Over the years I have really appreciated the Simmtronic ability to provide responsive support and listening to projects and clients needs. More recently the Simmtronic team has shown the capability to embrace the connectivity requirements of the Internet of Things by quickly adding MQTT to their range of integration protocols. This will greatly facilitate telemetry applications in buildings and the development of interconnected solutions that will make buildings more usable and easier to operate.

Francesco Anselmo


Landsec have consistently used Simmtronic Lighting Control Systems across our new London developments for over 15 years. Simmtronic understand our requirements and get involved at the very early stages of schemes, assisting consultants in achieving the optimum design solution, often taking the lead.  They always overcome the programme challenges they are faced with on site, delivering a quality, fully tested and operational solution, on time and to budget. Simmtronic undertake the maintenance and servicing across much of our London portfolio, they have a customer focused and flexible approach that suits the needs of our business and as well as our customers.

Mark Ponzini


Simmtronic as an organisation has been, for the last 18 years, by far the best performing and most reliable lighting control system I use. From design through to commissioning and soft landings with the landlord teams Simmtronic always deliver on my projects. Simmtronic technology evolution is not just pushed through like others, but rather properly tested internally first, giving us as client teams the assurance that what Simmtronic say they can offer is 100% delivered, an absolute must with fast track major projects.

Alan Williamson


Simmtronic has constantly been available at an early stage to engage both with the designers and the Contracting team to assist with design solutions and to test options. This ultimately assists us in de-risking the project during the commissioning phase which usually defines when the project is completed. Simmtronic is seen as ‘industry standard’ and it is always encouraging to see them involved.

Jo Benson

Derwent London