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Case study: Mitie lights up iconic building on the Edinburgh skyline

251,000 kWh

saving per annum


lights replaced


reduction in energy


colours that each light can instantly change to

Overview of the challenge

The Mound is an iconic building for Lloyds Banking Group, and the external lighting needed an upgrade due to its age. Mitie was challenged to design a new lighting scheme to reduce energy and enable the Group to mark events, like Pride, by lighting the building in any colour. They also wanted to bring the community together by highlighting and championing social change.

Lloyds Banking Group is committed to delivering net zero carbon and halving its energy usage by 2030. Our brief was to provide the best energy efficient solution to reduce operational expenditure, whilst delivering on time and within budget.

Our approach

Mitie Lighting is a specialist division of Mitie Projects. Our team worked closely with industry leading external façade lighting specialists to find the most cost-effective and practical solution which met the brief. Through 3D renders, story boards and design modelling, we developed a lighting solution which gave Lloyds Banking Group autonomous control over the lighting scenes. The design materials also enabled the Sustainability project team to present and showcase the design intent to their stakeholders and wider social engagement peer group.

The Mound building in Edinburgh, lit up at night in rainbow colours

The results

The result is an innovative and dynamic lighting solution which brings modern, colour-changing lighting to an area steeped in rich history and traditional architecture. The lighting brings The Mound to life, particularly at night, and enhances its status as a hub of art and culture in Edinburgh. Also, the project delivered against Lloyds Banking Group’s net zero carbon and energy targets, with a 73% reduction in energy consumption. The team removed and recycled 430 lights and lamps through the WEEE directive and 90% of the total waste was recycled.

The Lloyds Banking Group team now has complete control over the colour changes and can cast dynamic light shows to mark social awareness events and annual occasions for the local public.

Why choose Mitie?

Mitie’s Lighting division is a dedicated team of specialists with more than 30 years’ experience in designing and installing lighting solutions for our clients. The team helps deliver challenging energy reduction targets for our clients through lighting refurbishment projects. Our team embodies our clients’ commitments to reduce, reuse and recycle, whilst improving the working environment for colleagues and customers alike.

A close-up of The Mound building in Edinburgh, lit up yellow at night

“Mitie exceeded our expectations upon commission of the project. We were delighted with the result, and The Mound is now one of the best lit buildings in Edinburgh!”

Emma Johnson
Sustainability Programme Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

Our services

  • Turnkey LED lighting and emergency lighting refurbishment solutions
  • Cutting-edge lighting control solutions including wireless control
  • Detailed energy saving and ROI reports to evidence the savings
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The dome of The Mound building in Edinburgh, lit up blue at night

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To find out how we can help you meet your energy reduction commitments, whilst increasing customer and colleague engagement, and wellbeing through dynamic lighting solutions, please do get in touch.