FIRST IMPRESSIONS THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME
School open days are the first step in a relationship that will shape a child's future. A parent will form a first impression when they walk in and this often dictates which school they choose for their child. No matter how good the school brochure is, the first impression and the atmosphere at the school are vital.
The initial look around the school campus can tell a story. Drab fitouts with limited flexibility may suggest that the school is not forward thinking and not using the technology to inspire the young minds. On the contrary, a contemporary, visually engaging and technologically advanced environment is sure to attract parents and students whilst contributing to staff retention.
Reception areas are where the visitors form their first impression, so why not to use architectural lighting as a vehicle for a creative scheme with a lasting impression?
Whether it's the 'Wow' factor you are after, or a bespoke design to strengthen your brand, our team will take you through the design process and support you from the initial design meetings to completion. We work directly with clients or alongside architects and consulting engineers to ensure the right products are being used to meet your objectives.
In this article, we will present the most engaging schemes we have created and delivered directly with clients or alongside architects for some of the best educational establishments in the country. They cover a wide range of applications from reception areas to church buildings and rehearsal rooms.
The Beecroft Building,
Objective: Contemporary Architectural lighting for a dynamic thinking space
Set in one of the most historical sites of Oxford, the new £42M building for Physics Department is pushing the design boundaries and declaring the ambition of becoming the largest physics department in the world.
Designed by Hawkins Brown Architects, The Beecroft Building boasts 5 below ground levels with top class laboratories and 4 over the floor levels offering contemporary accommodation for theorists and researchers. Working alongside M&E engineers at Hoare Lea since the project start in 2015, we supported the design and technical team with product specification, working samples and technical information.
The building uses natural daylight to its full potential, allowing the architectural feature lighting to take a centre stage. A combination of standard and bespoke architectural luminaires and decorative architectural lighting has been supplied for the project.
The result is a truly extraordinary lighting scheme that will help attract the best talent and provide a stimulating environment for research and study.
National School of Mathematics, Warwickshire
Objective: Inspiring environment using mathematical symmetry
Working alongside the architectural practice Rural Solutions, we designed a spectacular design in the reception area using mathematical symmetry. Our team supported the architect with a full lighting design and lux level calculations, to ensure that correct levels of lighting and smooth dimming were achieved. Using a standard product to its maximum potential, a unique and bespoke architectural scheme was achieved to fit client's budget. The architectural lighting offers full flexibility, as the area is not only used as a reception area, but also a concert hall or assembly. The client not only enjoys the atmosphere created by the new lighting but also appreciates the importance of the right message it sends across.
Dr Raj Varma
299 Lighting were also very wise in their budgeting, because as well as matching their design, they actually matched our cost forecasts, and they kept within the timeline of the installation. We really enjoy the lighting effect that 299 Lighting have created in this room, it makes this room feel alive, welcoming and it matches our expectations for reflecting the high-quality establishment that we are.
Ogston Music School, Oxford
Objective: Product specification for a rehearsal room
Working alongside the engineers at Max Fordham, we supported the product specification and delivered new lighting for the magnificent rehearsal room. The minimalist design of the space was calling for lighting that would not take centre stage, but would provide excellent quality. Equipped with world class acoustics, the pyramid-shaped rehearsal room was fitted with suspended cylinder style luminaires. The new lighting was supplied in time for the opening ceremony.
The result is a modern and stylish scheme that has transformed the musical education at the school.
Merchant Taylor School, Northwood
Objective: Architectural feature lighting
Approached by Architecture PLB and working alongside the engineers at Max Fordham, we delivered an architectural lighting scheme for the main entrance and the studios. The design brief was to create 21st century learning facilities whilst respecting the historical context at the same time. Long tubular luminaires were used for the main entrance in a repetitive fashion in a contrast to the exposed concrete ceilings. In the studios, a suspended linear system with a combination of lit and blank modules were used to spread the lighting efficiently and to budget.
The result is a contemporary and minimalist scheme in keeping with the industrial look of the building.
Halcyon International School, London
Objective: Custom feature lighting for reception areas
Supporting Alan Higgs Architects with lighting design and calculations, we delivered the custom feature lighting for the reception area of this new International school in London. Linear lighting of a bespoke length was used in the circulation areas, these ranged from 2.8m to 8.2m length. The same product was used as the main feature for the reception area. The bespoke suspended square fitting matched the rest of the lighting style used in the project and creates a bold presence in the space.
The result is a contemporary and sober scheme with a clean design.
Bryanston School Dorset
Objective: Architectural lighting for a church
Approached directly by the Bryanston school with a request to supply a lighting scheme for the church building that would be efficient yet sympathetic to the architecture, we designed a scheme that offers flexible use. High ceilings and the structure of the roof were the main challenges in this installation. Using a surface mounted track system, we delivered a modern and flexible lighting scheme that fitted the budget of the client.
The result is an atmospheric ambient scheme with DALI protocol allowing total flexibility of lighting levels and illumination.
University of Bath
Objective: Large architectural feature lighting
The consulting engineers at Hoare Lea in Bristol approached our team with a design brief of sourcing large architectural feature lighting for the main entrance hall of the Chancellor's building. The design brief was calling for a large eye catching contemporary space filler. Bespoke length luminaires were supplied to create a feature in the shape of the letter A. Despite the fast project turnaround, the lighting was supplied to requested deadline in time for the opening ceremony.
The result is a bold architectural feature with a contemporary look.
West Buckland School, Barnstable
Objective: Architectural feature lighting for circulation areas
The specialist contractor, Totus Engineering approached our team with the lighting specification for the circulation areas for the new Sixth form college. The architect involved in the project specified circular feature lighting installed in lay-in ceilings with the aim to add an extra layer of lighting on the ceilings.
The results is a visually interesting scheme based on the lay-in ceilings.
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