Exercise & Activity Areas

Individuals with severe mental illness often engage in significantly less amounts of physical activity than the general population.

External courtyards and internal activity spaces can break down the barriers to exercise, opening up the physical and mental benefits to service users.

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Recommended Products For Exercise & Activity Areas (Secure Health)



Zelos Bollard Weather and vandal resistant LED bollard with impressive light output

Impact, weatherproof bollard with specifically designed optics to provide up to 8 metre spacings (15 lux average and 0.25 uniformity).

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Vandal and weather resistant luminaire providing minimal upward light. Ski-slope design prevents the luminaire being used as an external hiding place, accessible from an internal window.

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Monitor robust linear Luminaire

Very strong vandal and weather resistant linear fitting providing excellent light distribution.

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Basilica tuneable white extrem robust luminaire

Contemporary and robust bulkhead with an efficacy of 115 luminaire lm/W and no ligature points to help prevent self harming.

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Simple to install recessed 600mm x 600mm anti-ligature luminaire. Security fixings recessed on side of front frame for a clean aesthetic whilst still allowing maintenance after anti-pick mastic has been applied.

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Best Practice Advice

External Lighting

External courtyards offer a space outdoors to socialise, exercise and for quiet relaxation, all of which are beneficial to mental wellbeing. External lighting can be fully exposed to the elements, making high IP rated luminaires essential.

Lighting should be robustly constructed requiring little in the way of maintenance and should be appropriate for the intended use of the space, whether that be sport, exercise or relaxation.

Low Level Illuminance

Consideration should also be given to minimising upward light and ensuring that light does not spill into interior spaces.

Low level lighting such as bollards can be used to aid movement around footpaths and circulation areas and this can be complemented by wall mounted luminaires around the perimeter.

Impact Resistance

Internal multi-purpose exercise areas require lighting which can withstand a high level of impact such as being hit by a stray football.

Equipment, such as a running machine, can have a sloping control panel so bright reflections from a luminaire should be minimised.

Exercise & Activity Areas

Technical Support

Internal Exercise Spaces

These areas should appear light and airy as dark colours can look oppressive. A light ceiling reduces the contrast between the luminaire and its immediate surroundings, reducing glare. BS EN12464-1: Lighting – Indoor Workplaces should be consulted. Generally, in these spaces, we would recommend an illumination level of 300 lux.

Outdoor Amenities

Consideration should be given to the following standards and guidance:

• BS EN12464-2: Lighting – Outdoor Workplaces.
• BS 5489-1: Lighting of roads and public amenity areas.
• ILP GN01:2011: Guidance Notes for the reduction of obtrusive light.

For further lighting advice speak to our technical sales team on 020 8254 2022 or e-mail technicalsales@designplan.co.uk

Lighting Controls

Using a lighting control system can improve the quality of illumination as well as reduce energy consumption. Control systems allow the use of light in the required place, at the right time and in the optimum quantity. At Designplan we can provide control solutions for traditional switched applications and standalone luminaire operation, through to full networked systems utilising the DALI protocol.

Antibacterial Paint

We are pleased to announce that we now supply antibacterial paint to improve our customers infection control measures further still. Our optional antibacterial powder coatings reduce the growth of harmful bacteria on a painted luminaire surface used in a secure health facility.

PDF Lighting Guide

Our 24 page lighting guide identifies typical Secure Healthcare applications, focusing on the principles of good lighting. We examine the benefits of a robust construction, with service-user safety of paramount importance, standards compliance and specific design requirements including anti-ligature luminaires for “safer” environments. To download your copy click on the button below.

Why Choose Designplan?


  • Good lighting promotes feelings of safety, security and wellbeing.
  • Uniform lighting minimises shadowing, promoting user confidence.
  • Clear and unambiguous lighting of signage ensures safe wayfinding.

Robust Construction

  • Specialist diffusers and metal bodies provide high vandal resistance.
  • High ingress protection.
  • External finishes of luminaires are highly resistant to degradation.

Easy Maintenance

  • Running hours and output reduced by using controls.
  • Removable gear trays enables easy maintenance and technology upgrades.
  • Highest quality, UV stabilised optics minimises luminaire maintenance.


  • Highly efficient luminaires with low energy consumption.
  • Multiple mounting options only put light where it is needed.
  • Light trespass and pollution is strictly controlled.

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