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Poole Twin Sails Bridge - enters the final straits

February 24 2012 — by Carrie Donahue Bremner
Completions
The Twin Sails Bridge in Poole by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Ramboll is quickly coming to the finish with the focusing and programming of the lighting system under way. Click dates to see previous blog entries during construction, July 20 2011 and October 21 2011.

The formal Opening Ceremony is the March 9 2012.
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Making a Splash

November 23 2011 — by Philip Rose
Completions
I’ve just got back from Durham’s Lumiere festival where I collaborated with Canadian landscape artist Peter Lewis to produce Splash, his vast waterfall of light that cascades into the River Wear from the Kingsgate footbridge. The artwork is one of several light installations commissioned for Durham’s 4-day international light festival, organized by Artichoke.
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Image by Matthew Andrews
Image by Matthew Andrews

The St. Botolph Building

October 31 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
The St. Botolph Building is a new build speculative office development in the City of London by Minerva plc, designed by Grimshaw and consisting of 560,000 square feet of lettable space over 14 storeys.

We initially designed the lighting scheme for the internal public areas: the reception, central lift core, outer stair cores and atrium, before assuming an overseeing role for the client to ensure that the original vision was delivered.
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Image by James Newton
Image by James Newton

Wallpaper* Exhibition of Emerging Practices - ‘20 Houses’

June 10 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions | Events
Speirs + Major have worked with Wallpaper* on an exhibition of new emerging architectural practices. The models on display are surrounded by light based on the locations of the projects on display. The exhibition and will run from June 9th 2011 at The Architecture Foundation, 136–148 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU.

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The exhibition completed
The exhibition completed

The Rothschild Foundation Archive

June 06 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Speirs + Major has completed work on a new archive and research centre for the Rothschild Foundation, designed by Stephen Marshall Architects.

The building, which recently won an RIBA Award, is situated on the crest of a hill on the Waddesdon Estate in England and is home to the Rothschild charity’s offices and archives.
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Photo: Chris Beasley / Speirs + Major
Photo: Chris Beasley / Speirs + Major

New lighting concept for Dior Parfum rolls out in Selfridges.

April 08 2011 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
Dior Parfum opened this week at Selfridges, London. Speirs + Major worked closely with Dior using light to immerse the shopper in an all-encompassing brand ambience. Strong contrast, sparkle and luminous surfaces combine to create an atmosphere of quiet luxury that aims to capture the essence of Dior. The concept opened on Tuesday 5 April in London and will be delivered at several other locations worldwide.
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Dior Parfum, Selfridges, London
Dior Parfum, Selfridges, London

Cartier Circle, Canary Wharf

February 02 2011 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
Cartier Circle, the gateway to one of London’s financial epicentres, Canary Wharf, was completed recently after being developed by Canary Wharf Contractors, along with Speirs + Major. In designing the lighting design, the aim was to enhance safety and security whilst creating a more enjoyable place to be and reinforcing the concept of Cartier Circle as a visible landmark and primary gateway to Canary Wharf.

In order to do this, large art-posts were erected in the median of Cartier Circle, with sparkling top lights reinforcing the visibility of the site, and at night creating a navigational presence amidst the tall buildings and dark sky. This was further enhanced by uplighting the art-posts and surrounding trees, and adding a contrasting downlighting effect also on the trees, creating drama with pools of light on the footpaths and bringing the light down to a human scale.

Marianne North Gallery re-opens in Kew Gardens after restoration works

December 20 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
After extensive restoration works, the Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens has re-opened to the public. The gallery contains the life work of Marianne North, a prolific artist who painted landscapes and natural habitats from all over the world. The gallery was purpose-built at her request and opened to the public for the first time in 1882, showcasing 833 of her paintings which include over 900 species of plants.
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Image Copyright RBG Kew
Image Copyright RBG Kew

BBC unveils revamped Broadcasting House

December 16 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Completions
The Guardian published fresh images today of the BBC’s newly revamped Broadcasting House – a project for which Speirs + Major helped deliver the lighting concept. The brief was to refit the art deco Broadcasting House and build an extension to accommodate all BBC News, Radio and World Service output.
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Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant opens for business

November 11 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions
Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant, Barbecoa, a collaboration with well-known American chef Adam Perry Lang, opened for business this week as part of the new shopping centre One New Change. Speirs + Major collaborated throughout the design process with Design Research Studio – Tom Dixon’s interior and architectural design studio – and Jamie Oliver Restaurants to produce a vibrant and creative lighting scheme.
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Photograph by James Newton
Photograph by James Newton
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