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Deltalight


Escape Lounge, Manchester Airport’s Terminal 1


Deltalight puts the finishing touches on the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport’s Terminal 1.


Manchester Airport (MA) framework consultant, HKR was approached for the brand implementation and interior design of the new Escape Lounge at Terminal 1. The lounge is to cater for up to 100 passengers over 550 sq m of space. Benchmarking was undertaken against industry leading competitors; as a new product it was critical for the team to establish where Escape would sit within the market against its competition. The concept was established by considering the 360-degree experience – accomplished through lighting, mood, type of space, materials, furniture, food, logo; everything that customers interact with. The design response focussed strongly on flexibility, so within the space there are no fixed walls, zones are designed to flex and adapt over time in line with how the space is being used. The HKR response was the concept of ‘room sets’, in which large bespoke joinery items denote the different zones. The lighting, space, finishes, furniture and artwork reflects the intended use of the different spaces.


Also key to the brand is the celebration of local heritage, materials, manufacturing and industry. For Manchester, the space promotes the infamous ‘Northern’ qualities in a non dumbed-down manner. Elements within the space subtly reflect the humour, quirkiness, quality and experiences of what it means to be ‘Northern’, offering a big, warm and relaxed ‘Welcome’ to all passengers.


In considering the environmental and social impact of the project, great effort was made to specify materials from local sources and incorporate UK manufactured and designed FF&E where possible.


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Artwork in the lounge has been commissioned to support local independent artists from The Arts and Crafts Centre and Phillips gallery in Manchester. The catering partners also endorse a locally grown policy with fresh produce.


The design response focussed strongly on flexibility, so within the space there are no fixed walls, zones are designed to flex and adapt over time in line with how the space is being used. Taking all this and current building and lighting legislations into consideration, Deltalight designed the lighting by using Minigrid ZB1 C50 recessed into the ceiling to give several consequential uniformed strip of lights across the full length of the room. Lighting was one of the key elements to bring together the differing zones in the lounge, whilst also giving general ambient light across the space. Diro Stoc adjustable small trim downlights were also used to give


focused pools of light to key areas across the lounge including the all important scaletrix table!


Contact


Architects: HKR Architects 0161 830 1850 www.hkrarchitects.com


Lighting: Deltalight 0870 757 7087 www.deltalight.co.uk


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