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Keith to take part in K11 Kulture Webinar

July 08 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Events
Keith will be speaking as part of the K11 Kulture Webinar Series on 11 July, 9.30 BST, on the topic of ‘Post-COVID 19 era: Design with the times’.

Register now here for free.
Copyright/ Jackie Chan
Copyright/ Jackie Chan

Norwich Cathedral wins IALD Award of Excellence

June 19 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Awards
We are delighted to announce that our lighting scheme for the interior of Norwich Cathedral won a coveted ‘Award of Excellence’ at the 37th IALD Awards in a unique online ceremony last night.

Our sincere thanks to the Dean and Chapter of Norwich Cathedral for entrusting us with the project, and to all the members of the project team!

‘Saving the Night’ webinar

June 12 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events
Mark will be participating in a webinar, ‘Saving the Night’ as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2020. The webinar will focus on issues around public lighting in London with a particular emphasis on the river. It asks how we might redress the problems of over-lighting, light pollution and ecological impacts created by artificial light while improving the experience of the public realm after dark and supporting the night-time economy.

An expert panel, chaired by design guru Stephen Bayley and comprising speakers Alex Lifschutz (Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands), Mark Major (Speirs + Major), Mathew Frith (London Wildlife Trust) and Don Slater (London School of Economics), will participate in a 45-minute online event consisting of a series of short presentations followed by Q&A.

The webinar will take place live ‪on 18 June 2020, from 17:00 – 18:00‬, register here via Eventbrite now!

Keith takes part in IALD Lighting Conversations

June 05 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Events
Watch Keith speaking to Adam Scott, Global Creative Director of FreeState about "Experiences on the Edge", part of the IALD Lighting Conversations.

With a shared interest in the edges of architecture, technology and brand experiences Speirs + Major and FreeState have collaborated on several unique projects. In a time when our experience of sharing space and congregating has extra poignancy designing a 24hr experience and enlivening the dusk economy are particularly interesting to dream of and discuss.

Mark features in Episode 2 of [d]arc thoughts

May 29 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Events
Earlier this week, Mark spoke to Paul James of [d]arc media for Episode 2 of [d]arc thoughts. The conversation ranges from life in lockdown to some of Mark’s career highlights thus far.

Westminster Abbey chandeliers turn blue

May 12 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Events
Westminster Abbey was lit in blue for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale today.

It was wonderful to see the built-in flexibility of the new lighting scheme we have designed for Westminster Abbey used to honour such an amazing person and a worthy cause. The refurbished Waterford crystal chandeliers which form part of the completed first phase of the project are pre-programmed to be anything from dim and warm for the evenings to bright and cool during the day. The RGBW LED lamps also allow saturated colours to be employed for very special occasions such as this one.

Clinical research nurse Arlene Lee holds a lamp, symbolic of Florence Nightingale, which is carried at the Abbey's annual nurses' service held each May. This year's service has had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SKP-S Beijing

May 07 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
We are excited to share images from the recently completed SKP-S Beijing department store.

We worked closely with Sybarite on the external, after-dark image of the extraordinary sinuous forms of SKP-S Beijing. The internal, origami facade was developed to catch light by day and night, exaggerating both depth and texture. Gentle pulses of light exaggerate the form of the facade creating an alluring image. Sinuous light forms are echoed in the landscape features.
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Copyright/ Boris Shiu
Copyright/ Boris Shiu

Hammersmith Town Hall

May 01 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Appointments
We are very pleased to be working alongside RSHP and the wider design team on the redevelopment of Hammersmith Town Hall for Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

The existing Hammersmith Town Hall courtyard, designed by Ernest Berry Webber, has been reimagined by RSHP as the new hub of the proposed Civic Campus. Hammersmith Town Hall is a pioneering collaboration with multiple stakeholders and local amenity groups - a civic campus with access for all.
Courtesy RSHP
Courtesy RSHP

Olympic Way, Wembley

April 03 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
We are pleased to share some photos of our recently completed scheme for Quintain at Olympic Way, Wembley with Dixon Jones, Gross Max and Buro Happold.

The specially designed columns are engineered to be capable of also taking large digital banners. Different scenes have been programmed both to meet the day-to-day need of New Wembley and the brighter lighting levels for match days at the National Stadium.
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The lights are on… and we’re all at home!

March 19 2020 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Team
Given the unprecedented and developing situation with respect to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to update you on the steps we have taken at Speirs + Major to protect the health and well-being of our team whilst maintaining business continuity.

In line with the latest UK Government advice our team in London are now working remotely. We have also suspended all business-related travel and advised that all meetings should be held online or via phone, until further notice. We will continue to closely monitor and update our processes and policies as new guidance emerges.

As a flexible business with projects in various locations worldwide we have had remote-working in place for some time. We are therefore well equipped to deal with the current change to working practices and would like to reassure you that we will continue to provide the highest standards of creative design and professionalism in support of our clients and their projects.

Please feel free to contact us should you require any further information.

Stay safe…
Mark Major + Keith Bradshaw

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