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Speirs + Major featured in the Herald

May 17 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
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The Glasgow Herald has reported on our recent hat-trick of wins at the IALD Awards fest in Las Vegas. Speirs + Major won the Radiance award, regarded as the highest accolade in the industry, for the third year running. The prize was given for our work on the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. Two other designs, for the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees and the Sands Resort in Bethlehem in the US, earned Excellence and Merit prizes.

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A Scottish lighting firm has triumphed at a prestigious awards ceremony in Las Vegas, winning three major prizes.

Speirs and Major Associates, from Edinburgh, took home the International Association of Lighting Designers’ Radiance award, regarded as the highest accolade in the industry, as well as two smaller prizes in other categories.

The boutique firm, based in the capital’s Dean Village, designed lighting displays for the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Inspired by the lunar cycle, used in the Islamic calendar, the firm created a stunning visual effect which mimics the passing of the moon.

The success of the project earned Speirs and Major the Radiance Prize, making it three years in a row the Scottish firm has won. Other designs, for the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees and a resort in Bethlehem in the US, earned Excellence and Merit prizes.

Directors Jonathan Speirs and Keith Bradshaw said they were “humbled” by the recognition.

“We are very grateful to all our collaborators, especially our client who provided us with this extraordinary opportunity. The Grand Mosque was an enormous effort, a true labour of love,” they said. “We would like to thank the many people in our studio who have spent years working on this project with such attention to detail. Their dedication to the project is evident, and for that we’re very grateful.”

The IALD awards have been running for 27 years, and the Scottish firm has dominated them since 2008, when it took the top prize for its work at Barajas Airport in Madrid.

In 2009, Speirs and Major returned to win again for its work on the 3 More London, designed by Foster and Partners.

Earlier this year, the group was responsible for the lighting display that marked the opening of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.