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Q&A - The Light Lab


A Decade of Dedication


We discuss ten years in the industry with Design Director at The Light Lab, Marcus Cave, along with a little help from Director Phil Riley.


A1: The Light Lab has just celebrated its tenth anniversary; tell us a little about how the company has grown over the last decade. Marcus Cave: It has always been the philosophy of The Light Lab not to oversell ourselves. The key has been to grow slowly, collecting knowledge and expertise over time – rather than claiming to have the answer to everything overnight. This has led to the development of an experienced network of designers and manufacturing partners – who all have an excellent level of product knowledge.


A1: What do you think is the secret of your continuing success? MC: Delivery. As our features are usually the last element to install on site, our work tends to be at the stressful end of construction projects. Our aim is to deliver projects on time, to the highest standard and hopefully with a smile on our face and even getting a smile out of contractors along the way, although we don’t claim to be miracle workers…


A1: You’ve been involved in some amazing projects, what has been your favourite so far? MC: All the project managers get very personally involved in their projects, so they will all have their favourites. Mine would be working with Alma Cardzic of then Hilson Moran on the 111 Buckingham Palace Rd project in 2006. It was our first significant light and glass installation, delivered from design through to installation in 8 weeks – and it brought together a team that has been going strong since.


Phil Riley: Mine would be International House Ashford, overcoming the challenges of discretely incorporating 110 fittings onto the façade of a 100m x 40m 1960’s building in front of the Eurostar station, without erecting scaffolding or disturbing either the façade or the daily operation of the building. Added spice to working at height externally on a glass façade was that the 5th floor housed the head office of the Health & Safety Executive.


A1: What does the future hold for The Light Lab? MC: We have taken on some new staff recently, which has brought some youth and energy – along with fresh ideas. These are exciting times for us - with our capabilities increased to undertake larger global projects, resulting in us presently working on projects in Africa, Middle East and China. Meanwhile, we continue to be lucky enough to work with such a well of talented designers and architects from the UK, that the basis of our work is incredibly enjoyable – so none of us are going anywhere and we’ll be here for a while yet – making fools of ourselves at our 20th Birthday party, probably.


Contact


The Light Lab T: +44 (0)207 278 2678 www.thelightlab.com


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