Melbourne Star, considered as one of Melbourne’s most prominent tourist attractions has begun a significant lighting upgrade courtesy of energy technology provider Enevis (ASX: ENE), with the company declaring that stage one is now complete.
Enevis said it has delivered the first stage of the energy efficient LED lighting upgrade to the iconic Melbourne Star observation wheel, a giant Ferris wheel in the Docklands area of Australia’s second largest city.
A single ride on the Melbourne Star takes around 30 minutes and, according to the Star’s website, provides uninterrupted views of up to 40 kilometres in all directions that encompass the Docklands precinct, Melbourne’s CBD, Port Phillip Bay and as far as Mount Macedon, Arthur’s Seat and the Dandenong Ranges.
The company said that project posed “quite an exciting and complex challenge” that required the skillset of “multiple design and delivery facets” which Enevis has been able to achieve via its subsidiaries, SKS Technologies and Urban Lighting Group.
Playing a starring role
The wheel attracts thousands of visitors each year and has reportedly served over 1.5 million visitors since opening its doors in early 2014.
The Melbourne Star sports 21 spacious, temperature-controlled cabins that offer visitors the chance to glimpse Melbourne’s skyline both day and night for around $16 per ride.
The lighting upgrade being carried out by Enevis and its subsidiaries makes up an essential part of the attraction’s routine care and maintenance schedule with Enevis also tasked with providing “ongoing support” and assisting in keeping the iconic attraction suitably lit as part of an ongoing contract between Melbourne Star and Enevis.
“We needed to ensure we selected a partner who could provide an energy-efficient solution and ensure our iconic LED Lightshow continues to shine brightly over Melbourne for many years to come,” said Mr Yoshio Nagamatsu, managing director of Melbourne Star.
According to Enevis, the LED lighting it has been contracted to install has been specifically designed and manufactured by ULG, whilst SKS was responsible for its design and integration.
“After many months of research, we were delighted to appoint SKS Technologies to manage the project. Our nightly LED Lightshow is one of the Star’s most famous features, so it was crucial that the upgrade was managed and delivered in line with our goals,” Mr Nagamatsu said.
“It has been a privilege for Enevis and its subsidiary divisions to be involved with upgrading this iconic Melbourne landmark. Delivery of this project involved cross-divisional technical resources and skill sets which is a key strength and point of uniqueness of the group’s business model,” said Mr Peter Jinks, executive chairman of Enevis.