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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
Completions | Events
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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Shelter by Stephanie Imbeau

January 04 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
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Stephanie Imbeau was chosen among thousands of applicants to win the competition to become the fourth artist to put a unique stamp on the big 4 logo installation outside the Channel 4 headquarters, in London. Speirs + Major worked were with the artists to design a new night-time image for each of the pieces. Part of the aim was to reinterpret the sculptures so they would be seen quite differently at night.
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Infinity Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees

December 01 2009 — by Jesse Lilley
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Lit by Speirs + Major, the distinctive footbridge over the River Tees has become a symbol of transformation for North East England. The brief called for an iconic structure as part of the Stockton-on-Tees regeneration of the North Shore site. The resulting footbridge links the north and south shores and provides access to business and jobs in the area. Designed by Expedition Engineering, the bowstring bridge cuts a distinctive silhouette across the river. A 230m-long concrete walkway is supported by a pair of asymmetric steel arches that appear to skip across the river almost like a pebble skimming water.
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Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton
Image: Speirs + Major / James Newton

Durham’s name in lights at Lumiere festival

November 20 2009 — by Jesse Lilley
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Speirs and Major Associates were part of the design team for the recent Durham Lumiere event in November 2009 curated by Artichoke. Over 75,000 people visited the city during the festival, and cafes, restaurants and shops have reported some of the best business they've had in years.
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