With a focus on hospitality, the Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is the first in a new class of Luxury hotels from the Shangri-La Group. The property’s premier city-centre location and easy accessibility make it the ideal venue for discerning business travellers. Soaring 31 storeys over the Kerry Parkside complex, the hotel contains over 500 rooms and suites and offers guests sweeping views of the surrounding park and city.
For the business-minded, the property boasts some of Shanghai’s most spacious and advanced conference and banqueting facilities. With more than 7,300 square metres of space, the Kerry Hotel Pudong is the largest portfolio of hotel meeting and hospitality facilities in the city.
Dominating the hotel’s third floor are two ballrooms, the 2,230-square-metre Grand Shanghai Ballroom and the 1,018‑square‑metre Pudong Ballroom, which can be interconnected. The Grand Shanghai Ballroom, which is pillar-free, can accommodate more than 2,800 people theatre style and 1,600 guests for banquets.
With a ceiling soaring up to nine metres in places, the developers required a lighting solution that was both affordable and versatile for pinspotting tables. Focusing lights at such a height would require the use of a mechanical lift or scaffolding tower, both of which are costly and come with safety issues.
The solution from Lighting Designers, Relux & Relux, was to specify 240 track mounted DR 2 luminaires from RCL fitted with QR111 lamps for use in both ballrooms. The remote controlled spotlights offered the flexibility needed and allowed the dedicated events team to set up tables before adjusting the lighting scheme to ensure the best possible illumination.
To date, RCL products have been installed in over 20 Shangri-La hotels worldwide. From London to Tokyo, designers have specified their patented ‘Select & Direct’ remote controlled technology in ballrooms and banqueting suites or wherever lights are installed on high or inaccessible structures.