Midland Park Lighting
S&T has provided new lighting for the park which replaces the original inefficient scheme which threw more light into the sky than into the park. The park has been invigorated by focusing on the positive elements and enriching them while renewing older infrastructure items.
Midland Park was originally built in 1983 and has been a green oasis in the Wellington central CBD since its creation. With the trees at maturity, it presents an enclosed green room that people migrate to throughout the day to escape offices and hard urban surfaces of the city. The trees and garden create an environmental island within the city.
The ‘refreshing’ of Midland Park has sensitively addressed issues confronting an aging but loved central city park.
The predominant lights in the new lighting installation are discreet floodlights mounted onto the existing steel structures, with the wash from the floodlight onto the associated structure poles resulting in the park being given a visual perimeter. Higher lighting levels around provided around the peripheral to attract people into the park and encourage them to use the seated areas within the park.
Spotlighting of the sculpture/fountain was added via spotlights mounted on new internal lighting poles, this spotlighting has resulted in the sculpture being a focal point of interest to again draw people into the park. The spot lighting creates dramatic shadows extending from the sculptures and picks up the river stone beds the sculptures are set into.
Blue LED lights have been set into the walls of the new raised planter at the main entrance to the park to capture the attention of passing pedestrians and again attract them into the park. The lighting scheme does not leave any dark unsafe areas, but still has variation in lighting intensities to maintain interest and create focal points within the park.