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space large, but also very high. Working in tandem with Robbie Gill of The Design Solution, we created special features such as tall columns within the retail environment that were up-lit with colour that could be changed. This did two things, it helped bring the ceiling down, and also produced a sense of ‘theatre’ within the retail offer.”


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Bristol Airport was a recent project that aimed to expand commercial space without extending the fabric of the airport. This called for careful planning, as the ceiling is less than 8ft high. The lighting also had to contend with a highly reflective marble flooring, as architect for the project Nick Taylor,


Director at The Design Solution, explained. “We were faced with a very low ceiling that our master-plan had to work with. Light is always an issue in airport retailing; too much and you put the customer off, too little and the merchandise cannot be seen. ARUP was responsible for the lighting system, which used a wide variety of accent lighting to draw the people to the sides of the Duty Free store, and the merchandise was illuminated using low voltage spots. The end result is an enjoyable brightness without reflection or refraction.” These are two diametrically opposed airport lighting projects that required the utmost lighting creativity.


Regulations are strong, particularly in Europe, and this throws up problems that have to be resolved, as Taylor explains. “We have witnessed a general drive by airports in recent years to impose strict guidelines capping lighting power consumption. Retailers have responded to this by specifying LEDs, capitalising on the superior “Bang for Buck.” However, the technology is still not quite there.” Taylor gives food for thought!


By Steve Thomas-Emberson, Architecture and Design Writer.


Contact


Lighting Design House T: +44 (0)208 572 3852 www.lightingdesignhouse.com


The Design Solution T: +44 (0)207 908 5200 www.thedesignsolution.co.uk


ARUP T: +44 (0)117 976 5432 www.arup.com


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