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

December 20 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
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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
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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
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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

One New Change opens for business

November 01 2010 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
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One New Change opened for business this week. Working closely with French architects, Jean Nouvel Architects, light plays an important role in the definition and function of this major central London development. Its elegant form creates an interesting discourse with its neighbour, St Paul's Cathedral.

Speirs + Major designs commission proposal for V&A museum

November 01 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
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Speirs + Major created this commission proposal for the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum. The concept, designed for the building’s main cupola, was to be part of the V&A’s wider commitment to new media and digital art.
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Sketch of the light art proposal made for the V&A. Image: Speirs + Major.
Sketch of the light art proposal made for the V&A. Image: Speirs + Major.

Speirs + Major designs new strategy for Retail Birmingham

October 11 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
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Speirs + Major has completed a lighting strategy designed to reinvigorate Birmingham’s city centre retail area.

The core retail area of Birmingham has very little evening activity beyond the (wildly successful) Bullring; few shops are open after 5.30pm, and the streets have become thoroughfares to hurry along, rather than places to explore, to shop, eat, drink and socialise in the evening.
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Usher Hall Edinburgh

September 23 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
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Speirs + Major has recently published its work on Usher Hall – one of Edinburgh's historic arts venues. The lighting design was part of a major refurbishment programme, led by architects LDN, to upgrade the building and add a new glass wing and extension.
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Usher Hall Chandelier. Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton
Usher Hall Chandelier. Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton

Moss Your City

June 18 2010 — by Iain Ruxton
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Speirs + Major have just helped out Norwegian architects PUSHAK with "Moss Your City" - an installation for the London Festival of Architecture.

PUSHAK have invaded the Architecture Foundation with a series of "green walls" - clad completely in living moss. The result is an amazing interior forest, engaging the senses of smell and touch as well as vision. By adding carefully programmed dynamic lighting, we've made the space even more enchanting and mysterious.


John Hope Gateway Building, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

January 13 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
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The John Hope Gateway is a threshold into Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden with unrivalled facilities that allow the public to discover the world of plants and botanical science.

Speirs + Major collaborated with Edward Cullinan Architects who have designed the John Hope Gateway – a sustainable, low-energy building consisting of exhibition spaces, education facilities, a media studio, shops, a restaurant and a new bio-diversity garden.

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Burj Khalifa Dubai opens with spectacular celebration of light

January 05 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
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On 4 January 2010 the world’s tallest building opened with a dramatic lighting ceremony in Dubai.

Back in 2009, Speirs + Major were invited by developers EMAAR to propose creative lighting solutions that would reinforce the brand image of this iconic and record-breaking tower. A proposal for the day-to-day illuminated appearance of the building was already in place, courtesy of Fisher Marantz Stone of New York. EMAAR, however, desired an additional celebratory layer of interest to create a statement after dark.
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