The Forge, Woking.

OFFICE AND ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING FOR A LARGE DESIGN-LED CAT A REDEVELOPMENT.

THE FORGE, WOKING.

Project Summary:

Location: Woking, Surrey
Sector: Office
Client: Mayfair Capital
Development Manager: V7 Asset Management
Sector: Office
Architect: Hawkins/Brown
Contract: Thirdway Contracts
Electrical Contractor: Paul Earl
Consultant: Hoare Lea
Consultant: Salvis Group
Value: £ 434 K
Duration: 12 months
Size: 77,350 sq ft
Photography: Michael Pilkington

The recent £13.5 Mil commercial redevelopment of 43 Church Street West in Woking otherwise known as FORGE presents approximately 77,350 sq ft of contemporary commercial CAT A office space designed with every attention to detail. The ambitious development boasts a great location with a quick connection to London.

The forward-thinking scheme was designed by Hawkins/Brown and brought to life by V7 and Thirdway Contracts. The project challenges stereotypes, encourages healthy lifestyle and boasts a stunning street presence.

Originally built in the 1980s, the concrete frame building is located just off the M25 and is arranged over basement, ground and 4 upper floors. The new development features a complete refurbishment of the original building and brings in people-focused amenities like an on-site cafe, atrium, yoga studio, bicycle ramp, cycle storage and also a drone pad. In addition to the traditional rental option, it also offers an opportunity to customise the commercial space.

Following our successful collaboration with Paul Earl on schemes like 25 Settles Street, Cally Yard and 34-38 Provost Street to name a few, we have been approached by their project team with the request for lighting design in June 2019. We worked closely with Hoare Lea, Paul Earl and Salvis Group, and our lighting design and engineering team became an integral part of the project, turning the design concept of Hawkins\Brown into a reality.

Commercial lighting

Our light engineers attended several site meetings with the design team, provided product samples and technical expertise for the project. 

We revised the original proposed RCPs and layout for the luminaires on each floor. Our technical team put forward our slim 50mm linear profile Rio Suspended, and demonstrated it was capable of the task by calculating the lux levels and unified glare rating on each floor. Good quality light distribution and low glare were an absolute key for this project.

In total, 170 hours of lighting design were used to secure and support this complex project.

Following the current CIBSE standards, our lighting design team engineered a great lighting scheme using one linear profile across the board to keep the design consistent. We used far less linear profiles and made the scheme more visually comfortable and sustainable. We also provided design and supply services on the back of the house area, as well as the emergency lighting calculations. In this project, the emergency lighting was integrated into the linear profiles. In the back of the house areas, standalone emergency lighting was used.

The design brief.

Standing out from the crowd and creating a forward thinking space with people at its heart were the main objectives of the design brief for this ambitious development. The client’s assets have been maximised by converting the 4th-floor space into a new office and by improving access and visibility at the ground floor. 

The design brief.

Standing out from the crowd and creating a forward thinking space with people at its heart were the main objectives of the design brief for this ambitious development. The client’s assets have been maximised by converting the 4th-floor space into a new office and by improving access and visibility at the ground floor. 

Ground floor

The spacious reception features a cycle ramp straight into the wellness area and changing rooms, encouraging active lifestyle of the tenants. A mix of concealed lighting and linear lighting creates the right amount of drama, energising the space. The linear profiles in the bike rack system enhance the dramatic look and as the tenants head upstairs to start their work day.

Upper Ground floor

The ground floor features a spacious and welcoming atrium that also doubles up as a breakout and social space for the occupiers. The Grid, as the atrium has been named, follows a playful geometric pattern further enhanced by architectural lighting. 10 bespoke rectangular-shaped linear lighting systems based on the Rio Suspended direct/indirect have been used to create the desired effect in the atrium area.

Our team also supplied the bespoke linear system for the exterior canopy at the main entrance to the building. The linear system is based on the Rio profile and is IP67 rated.

First, second, third and fourth floor

Following the playful grid pattern of the atrium, the bespoke rectangular, linear lighting system is used across all floors. These have become the main visual feature of the development, creating a strong connection to the brand and building a bold street presence.

The Rio Suspended Direct/Indirect was used as the main office lighting across the entire scheme. Tried and tested on numerous large scale schemes, the performance-driven Rio is a trusted luminaire with great looks.

The design of the 4th floor was the biggest challenge in terms of the lighting design. The structure of the roof dictates the layout of the luminaires.

A contemporary suspended track system was used as an addition to the linear lighting on this floor to provide extra illumination. The scheme uses two different colour temperatures to achieve a comfortable spatial separation. In the main office areas, the profiles were specified with 4000K while the architectural lighting was specified with a warmer 3000K. 

All office lighting was supplied in a contemporary matte black finish. Integrated emergency lighting was supplied for the main office areas and a full standalone emergency package on all other areas. In the back of the house areas, the wall-mounted bulkhead Turon was used alongside the can style fitting Moy. 

The original handover was scheduled for December 2020. Despite the impact of COVID and maintaining health and safety protocols, the development was handed over to client in February 2021. 

The final result is a bold contemporary CAT A scheme designed with attention to every detail and an impressive street presence. This is the largest project the 299 Lighting team worked on to date. All lighting we have been involved with was successfully delivered on time and all snagging issues have been addressed to the satisfaction of the Paul Earl team.

We are immensely proud to have been involved with such an ambitious project. 

We asked our senior lighting designer, Megan Tranter: What was the most challenging aspect of the project?

“Working to Hoare Lea’s high level of standard, we produced 5-10 sample areas on each floor to ensure the UGR levels were totally spot on. The visual comfort was paramount for this project.”

We asked our senior lighting designer, Megan Tranter: What was the most challenging aspect of the project?

“Working to Hoare Lea’s high level of standard, we produced 5-10 sample areas on each floor to ensure the UGR levels were totally spot on. The visual comfort was paramount for this project."

“The Forge was one of our largest Cat A refurbishment’s to date. From concept design to installation, 299 where there with us every step of the way and helped us deliver a project which looks better than the concept visuals, and has been a project which has been tremendously received by the client team.”

— LEE MATTHEWS - PRE-CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR AT PAUL EARL

Project in figures:

2,042 Metres

A total of 2,042 metres of linear profiles were used to achieve perfection.

170 Design hours

170 design hours were allocated to the interior lighting design for this project

12 Months

From initial project brief through to delivery.

Products used in this project:

Rio Suspended Direct/Indirect
Suna Track
Moy Surface
Turon

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Cally Yard, London.

OFFICE AND ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING FOR A CAT A FITOUT.

CALLY YARD, LONDON.

Project Summary:

Location: London
Sector: Office
Client: London Square Works
Commercial Adviser: Appley
Main Contractor: Morgan Lovell
Design & Build: Morgan Lovell
Electrical Contractor: Paul Earl
Consultant: Fowler Martin
Value: £241K
Duration: 12 months
Size: 80,000 sq. ft
Photography: courtesy of Morgan Lovell

The new mixed-use development situated on the Caledonian Road in N7 London features a CAT A fit-out like no other. In addition to the traditional rental option, it also offers a rare opportunity to buy commercial space. The architecturally inspiring development boasts a great location with a quick connection to the City of London and approximately 80,000 sq ft of high-quality CAT A office space. The ambitious scheme was designed and built by Morgan Lovell in partnership with Appley for London Square. The project recognises the creative energy following the regeneration of the nearby King’s Cross area, the existing sense of community, whilst offering modular, forward thinking space for their tenants to grow their business.

The new creative business hub Cally Yard consists of 10 blocks within 3 buildings, offering 24 offices ranging from 500 sq ft to 65,000 sq ft in size, allowing tenants to customise their space as they expand.

Following our successful string of projects with Paul Earl (25 Settles Street as the most recent one), we had been approached by their project team with the request for lighting design in July 2019. The project stretched over several phases. Our team worked closely with the Paul Earl team and the consultants involved in the project.

The 299 team attended several site meetings with the design team, provided product samples and technical support for the project. We produced detailed lighting design and calculations including emergency lighting design.

Over 172 hours of lighting design in total were used to secure and support this complex project. 

THE DESIGN BRIEF.

The key driving aspect of this development was Net Lettable. The design team looked at every square foot, improving the use of the space. With a vision set on establishing a dynamic hub attracting creative tenants and businesses, the sense of community and wellbeing influenced the design of the scheme. The industrial-styled look and feel is touching on the history of Caledonian road in the 19th century, intertwined with light industry.

Spread across three buildings, the scheme is connected by strong design features like the exposed services finished in a two-tone mix of jet black and copper and most ducting and pipework finished in black, all framed by concrete ceilings and stunning steel mezzanine staircases.

“ The attention to detail and the quality of the fit-out was absolutely paramount for this development scheme and carefully considered. ” 

Elman Lewis – Senior Project Technical Engineer

Building 3-6

The project work started with Building 3-6, a rectangular shape building stretched over 2 floors. The building features 12 self-contained modular open plan units allowing the tenants to expand as they grow. The tubular linear luminaire Arno Suspended was used as the main lighting for the entire CAT A fit-out. With its tubular shape and industrial style look, the Arno adds a bold visual element to the interior design strongly referencing the shape of the services. 

Talla Wall was used to illuminate the staircases. Talla’s timeless look is a great addition to the contemporary design of these circulation areas.

Building 1

The largest of the buildings and one with an unusual shape is stretched over 2 floors offering 14,000 sq ft of office space with double ceiling height.

On the ground floor, the space features 16 large ring-shaped luminaires Rydal Suspended installed in a regular pattern. The 1000 mm diameter is large enough to make a bold visual impact. The space is lit with the tubular linear profile Arno Suspended direct and Sett Suspended. The tubular Sett breaks the space up visually and offers more localised illumination.

The unique shape of the main building and the position of column together with the complex design of the ceiling dictated the position of the suspended lighting.

We asked our senior lighting designer, Megan Tranter: What was the most challenging aspect of the project?

“The alignment of fittings on Building 1 I would say proved most challenging. Whilst the shape of this building was tricky, there were also many factors to coordinate lighting around whilst maintaining good compliance that would not only tick all the boxes on regulations, but would work with the busy ceiling design. The project brief initially suggested tubular fittings like our Nile, but they are typically feature fittings and not suitable for general office lighting. We put the Arno Suspended forward and the designers decided to use it as the main luminaire for the entire scheme. It’s our largest scheme using Arno on such a large scale, so we are very pleased to see the photos of the completed project. I am really pleased to see the final results and the project has helped influence other projects to sway toward our Arno fitting. "

We asked our senior lighting designer, Megan Tranter: What was the most challenging aspect of the project?

“The alignment of fittings on Building 1 I would say proved most challenging. Whilst the shape of this building was tricky, there were also many factors to coordinate lighting around whilst maintaining good compliance that would not only tick all the boxes on regulations, but would work with the busy ceiling design. The project brief initially suggested tubular fittings like our Nile, but they are typically feature fittings and not suitable for general office lighting. We put the Arno Suspended forward and the designers decided to use it as the main luminaire for the entire scheme. It’s our largest scheme using Arno on such a large scale, so we are very pleased to see the photos of the completed project. I am really pleased to see the final results and the project has helped influence other projects to sway toward our Arno fitting. "

Building 7

To maximise the usable space, the designers at Morgan Lovell relocated the plant room in building 7 down to the basement. Building 7 stretches over 7 almost identical floors, offering 22,527 sq ft of office space. 

The reception area on the ground floor features made to measure rectangular-shaped architectural lighting systems. The linear systems are based on the designer’s favourite Rio Suspended. The communal areas are lit with Sett Suspended installed in a repetitive pattern.

The office area is illuminated by Arno Suspended to keep the design scheme consistent.

All office and architectural lighting were supplied in a contemporary matte black finish. Integrated emergency lighting was supplied for the main office areas and a full standalone emergency package on all other areas.

The scheme was designed to meet the current CIBSE guidelines. 

The result is a stunning contemporary CAT A scheme designed with attention to every detail. The suspended architectural lighting in Building 1 creates an impressive street presence.

Cally Yard is a welcoming space with high functionality, comfortable LG7 compliant office lighting and a convenient location. The 299 team are proud to have been involved with such an ambitious project. We are currently working on Building 9 so keep your eyes peeled for more details.

“Cally Yard was a project that had a big emphasis on the look and feel of each unit with high spec finish and exposed services. Because of this, the lighting needed to fit in seamlessly and the Arno fitting was the perfect fitting for this.”

— LEE MATTHEWS - PRE-CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR AT PAUL EARL

Project in figures:

25 Revisions

Our lighting design team had to create 25 revisions in order to achieve perfection.

172 Design hours

172 design hours were allocated to the interior lighting design for this project

664 Arno's

A grand total of 664 Arno Suspended’s were featured in this project!

Products used in this project:

Arno Suspended Direct
Rio Suspended Direct/Indirect
Talla Wall
Nile Suspended
Rydal Suspended
Sett Suspended

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13-20 Settles Street, London.

OFFICE AND ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING FOR AN OFFICE DEVELOPMENT WITH EXPOSED CEILINGS.

13-20 SETTLES STREET, LONDON.

Project Summary:

Location: Whitechapel, London
Sector: Office
Client: Undisclosed
Architect: Thirdway Architecture
Contract: Thirdway Contract
Electrical Contractor: Paul Earl
Consultant: Environmental Engineering Partnership
Consultant: 3D Consulting Engineers
Value: £100K
Duration: 12 months
Size: 25,000 sq. ft
Photography: Peter Ghobrial

The recent CAT A refurbishment and extension of the 13-20 Settles Street in Whitechapel offers approximately 25,000 sq ft of contemporary commercial office space flooded with daylight and stunning architecture. The development boasts a great location with a quick connection to the City of London. The ambitious scheme was designed by Thirdway Architecture and brought to life by Thirdway Contracts. The project recognises the rich heritage of the building whilst creating forward thinking workspace with a stunning street presence.

Originally built in the 1930’s as a Victorian Labour Exchange and located within Myrdle Conservation area in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, 19-23 Settles Street is a 2 storey Neo classical building. The host building consists of 3 parts, the main building and two adjoining arms, creating an eye catching curve.

The new development features a complete refurbishment of the original building and a new five-storey fully glazed rear extension providing additional workspace and a maximum connectivity between all parts. The building was last occupied by JobCentre Plus and the last fit out was obscuring the original fabric of the building. 

Following our successful string of projects with Paul Earl, we have been approached by their project team with the request for lighting design in October 2018. Our team worked closely with the Thirdway Contracts team and the two consultants involved on the project. 

The 299 team attended several site meetings with the design team, provided product samples and technical support for the project. 

60 hours of lighting design in total were used to secure and support this project. 

THE DESIGN BRIEF.

Connectivity between old and new as well as improving the use of the space were the main objectives of the design brief for this ambitious development. With the project aiming to achieve the BREEAM accreditation, the new lighting had to meet high efficiency criteria. 

Introducing a new electrical infrastructure and exposed services for the entire scheme and bringing quality office and architectural lighting was only part of the story. The attention to detail was an absolute paramount for this development scheme. 

Ground floor.

The ground floor level features the main entrance with a centrally positioned reception desk and break out space. Four rows of Nile Suspended have been installed horizontally, adding a trendy visual interest to the space. The two archways are exit routes to the staircase, with the middle archway giving a first glimpse of the exciting feature pendant also using Nile Suspended.

The cluster consists of 14 vertically suspended Niles with 360 degree light distribution in several standard sizes. Suspended at different levels, the opal diffuser distributes soft light and creates a cascading effect. The pendant brings the staircase space to live and can be admired from all levels. The staircase is also lit with the circular Talla Wall mounted luminaires. The 500 mm diameter is a neat size, substantial enough to make a visual impact.

In the circulation spaces across the building, the Bellart Surface was used to carry on with the tubular look and feel of the lighting,- providing a consistent yet minimal addition to the lighting scheme. 

The ground floor office space features almost 1,200 sq. ft of curved floor plate with the original pitched roof. The removal of the suspended ceilings and services on the ground and first floor revealed the original structure and exposed the impressive 7.2 m ceiling height. The initial design proposal was using suspended architectural disk lighting Talla which was later changed into a scheme using linear lighting.

We asked our senior lighting designer, Megan Tranter: What was the most challenging aspect of the project?

“ The curved ground floor space was definitely the most challenging part. The project brief initially suggested circular fittings Talla for this area and then adapted to a linear layout using Rio fitting. Getting a balance between compliance and symmetry proved tricky. Also modelling this space with limited functions in our lighting design software proved difficult - creating a curved apex roof with exposed structural elements all had an effect on the light distribution of the fittings so it was required to be modelled. Never having worked on a project of this shape, I am really pleased to see the final results. It proved to live up to the beautiful renders Thirdway Architecture created for the original proposal. "

We asked our senior lighting designer, Megan Tranter: What was the most challenging aspect of the project?

“ The curved ground floor space was definitely the most challenging part. The project brief initially suggested circular fittings Talla for this area and then adapted to a linear layout using Rio fitting. Getting a balance between compliance and symmetry proved tricky. Also modelling this space with limited functions in our lighting design software proved difficult - creating a curved apex roof with exposed structural elements all had an effect on the light distribution of the fittings so it was required to be modelled. Never having worked on a project of this shape, I am really pleased to see the final results. It proved to live up to the beautiful renders Thirdway Architecture created for the original proposal. "

First floor office

By removing all non-load bearing walls a new open plan office space was created on the first floor. Design-wise, it replicates the space on the ground floor. 

The new build office space

The new build floors have been designed with a flexibility in mind, catering for a wide range of tenants. The contemporary glazing combined with steel beams and exposed ceilings and services is perfectly accomplished with the suspended linear lighting Rio. All framed by the black metal staircase, the space offers a perfect industrial style blank canvas for future tenants.

Lower ground floor

The area of the lower ground floor is designed as an affordable workspace totalling 110 sq m, with an open plan office and a meeting room. The floor plan also includes washrooms, bike storage and service rooms. Fixed to the walls, the Nile Surface 360 degree was used to light the stair core areas and Rio Suspended was used in the officespace as general office lighting. 

In the bicycle storage and washrooms, we supplied Cinca Circular downlights, Bellart Surface and Talla Wall to keep a continuous design. Anti-corrosive luminaires were supplied for the back-of-house plant areas.

With the aim of making the building as efficient as possible, all lighting had to comply with the efficiency requirements using advanced occupancy detection and daylight sensors. 

All office lighting was supplied in a contemporary matte black finish. Integrated emergency lighting was supplied for the main office areas and full standalone emergency package (self contained downlights, IP65 for wet areas and exit signage) on all other areas.

The result is a stunning contemporary CAT A scheme with BREEAM Very good rating, designed with attention to every detail. The new extension sets a bold contrast to the host building and creates an impressive street presence.

It’s a welcoming space with high functionality, comfortable LG7 compliant office lighting and convenient location to the City of London. The 299 team are proud to have been involved with such an ambitious project. 

“Settles Street was a challenging project from the outset due to the unique nature of the building. 299 worked with us from design stage to ensure the light fittings complimented the building perfectly. They helped us on every step of the way which resulted in a great looking project.”

— LEE MATTHEWS - PRE-CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR AT PAUL EARL

Project in figures:

4 Revisions

Our lighting design team had to create 4 revisions in order to achieve perfection.

60 Design hours

60 design hours were allocated to the interior lighting design for this project

12 Months

From initial project brief through to delivery.

Products used in this project:

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9 Portland Square, Bristol.

ARCHITECTURAL FEATURE LIGHTING FOR A CAT A OFFICE FITOUT.

9 PORTLAND SQUARE, BRISTOL.

Project Summary:

Location: Bristol
Sector: Office
Client: Arlo Holdings
Main Contractor: Tandy
Value: £11K
Duration: 5 months
Size: 4,185 sq. ft
Photography: Arlo Holdings

The latest addition to Arlo Holding’s growing network of commercial properties and workspaces, 9 Portland Square in Bristol offers approximately 4,185 sq. ft of contemporary ready to occupy CAT A office accommodation. Turning underperforming assets into attractive workspaces is in the core of Arlo Holding’s business.

This is certainly the case of the large townhouse in Bristol’s Portland Square. Boasting excellent connectivity and a superb location within a short walking distance to all Bristol has to offer, 9 Portland Square is an attractive proposition for future tenants. 

Portland Square is a Grade II listed square in Bristol’s St. Pauls area. The imposing Georgian architecture designed by Daniel Hague for wealthy occupants has never achieved to attract fine residential occupants, hence it became a place for small businesses and traders. The square was heavily bombed during World War II and fell into disrepair. In recent years, it is gradually being brought back to life.

Stretching over 4 floors, the Georgian style townhouse 9 Portland Square is part of a Grade II listed terrace originally built in the 1800’s. A fine example of Georgian architecture, 9 Portland Square is light, spacious and full of original features. 

We were approached directly by the client in July 2019 with a brief of creating a unique architectural lighting feature. Working closely with the client and the M&E contractor, we assisted with the design for the feature lighting at the top of the staircase and took care of the architectural lighting in the staircase area. 

The design brief.

This refurbishment was seeking to retain the rich heritage and the fabric of the building whilst injecting some contemporary design into the space. The wall lighting in the staircase area will be leading the eye to the beautiful skylight at the top of the staircase. The walls would provide a blank canvas for a contemporary colour scheme with soft hues of grey further enhanced by suspended architectural lighting

 

The design brief.

This refurbishment was seeking to retain the rich heritage and the fabric of the building whilst injecting some contemporary design into the space. The wall lighting in the staircase area will be leading the eye to the beautiful skylight at the top of the staircase. The walls would provide a blank canvas for a contemporary colour scheme with soft hues of grey further enhanced by suspended architectural lighting

Following the design brief, we put forward the circular architectural lighting Cole Surface as the wall lighting for the main staircase. With its deep body and a timeless design, the Cole can create a substantial presence on large walls whilst providing comfortable illumination for the space.

“For the top of the staircase, we designed a cluster of architectural luminaires using Nile Suspended. Vertically suspended at different lengths, the symmetrical cluster of 12 Nile luminaires is creating more texture and bringing a true wow effect into the staircase area for all residents to enjoy.”

Marcela Pomphrey – Marketing Director

responsible energy usage.

All Cole luminaires were supplied with integrated PIR sensors to contribute to more responsible energy usage, allowing them to automatically switch on and off based on the presence of the occupants (or lack of). Some of the Cole Surface luminaires were supplied with integrated emergency lighting following the emergency lighting design.

 

 

responsible energy usage.

All Cole luminaires were supplied with integrated PIR sensors to contribute to more responsible energy usage, allowing them to automatically switch on and off based on the presence of the occupants (or lack of). Some of the Cole Surface luminaires were supplied with integrated emergency lighting following the emergency lighting design.

The final result is a distinctive ready to occupy CAT A workplace celebrating the rich heritage of the townhouse. The architectural lighting is part of the contemporary interior design, enhancing the original fabric of the building. With the carefully curated colour scheme and bold architectural lighting, 9 Portland Square stands up to the brand promise of delivering a well located, contemporary workspace attractive to tenants looking for office accommodation with a personality.

Project in figures:

12 Design hours

12 design hours were allocated to the interior lighting design for this project

3 Revisions

Our lighting design team had to create 3 revisions in order to achieve perfection.

5 Months

From initial project brief through to delivery.

Products used in this project:

Cole Surface
Nile Suspended

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Abbey Wharf, Reading.

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING FOR A TRENDY CAT A REFURBISHMENT.

ABBEY WHARF, READING

Project Summary:

Location: Reading
Sector: Office
Client: M&G Real Estate
Architect: Spratley and Partners
Consultant: Hollis
Fit Out: Artemis Interiors 
Electrical Contractor: ARM Solutions
Value: £48K
Duration:  13 months
Size: 23,000 sq. ft
Photography: Dave Parker

The recent CAT A refurbishment of Abbey Wharf offers approximately 23,000 sq ft of reinvigorated commercial office space with a large personality. Uniquely positioned on the waterfront in Reading town centre within a short walking distance of historic Abbey Ruins, this well connected creative hub offers impressive views over the river Kennet and relaxed club style atmosphere. The contemporary scheme designed by Spratley & Partners celebrates the connection of the building with the riverside and redefining Abbey Wharf as a new destination workplace in Reading. 

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Built in the 1980’s for office use, 57-75 Kings Road formerly known as Abbey Gate is a 4 storey steel frame building with a lower ground floor. The extensive refurbishment started in 2008. Externally, the tired looking building was transformed with the enlarged entrance canopy, a new pitched roof and contemporary facade improvements, hugely improving the street presence of the building.

Internally, the vacant first and ground floor were completed to CAT A standard featuring new communal area refurbishment, main staircase and full reception expansion to accommodate the new breakout. The new transformed space is further enhanced with exposed soffits and hybrid raft suspended ceilings. The contemporary material finishes and colour palette alongside the new branding elevate Abbey Gate to a desirable place to work.

Approached by Spratley & Partners in November 2018 with their design vision for the project featuring the visuals of our fluorescent tube style LED luminaire Nile, our team became an integral part of the project. Working closely with Spratley & Partners on the design side and Hollis Global on the performance side of the scheme, 299 put their mark on the project.

Our team designed the full interior CAT A office lighting and exterior lighting including emergency lighting, ready for tender.  We produced full lighting design and calculations making sure the correct lighting products including emergency lighting have been selected across the whole scheme for all areas. 30 hours of lighting design in total were used to support the project.

The client’s ambitious aspiration was to re-imagine the space and create a forward thinking destination workplace with a certain type of client in mind. Sustainability was a key priority in producing this contemporary scheme with a club atmosphere.

THE DESIGN BRIEF.

The design brief was fuelled by embracing the riverside settings and the architectural feature lighting used in the scheme references to rippled water in a river. The bold contemporary finishes and colour scheme combined with the exposed soffits of the extension. The scheme is using the tubular omnidirectional lighting across the interior and exterior space as the main design thread to tie the whole scheme together.

THE DESIGN BRIEF.

The design brief was fuelled by embracing the riverside settings and the architectural feature lighting used in the scheme references to rippled water in a river. The bold contemporary finishes and colour scheme combined with the exposed soffits of the extension. The scheme is using the tubular omnidirectional lighting across the interior and exterior space as the main design thread to tie the whole scheme together.

The Exterior

The linear lighting used in the new exterior canopy is the IP65 rated version of the Rio Surface mounted. The die-cast aluminium housing was pre-treated before powder coating to ensure corrosion resistance and the linear profile was specified with frosted toughened glass. 

The exterior version of the fluorescent tube style LED luminaire Nile surface mounted was used in several exterior locations, adding a contemporary industrial style to the facade and the cycle storage in the basement area. The luminaire was used in 4 different sizes to match each specific area. The luminaire installation of the Nile surface mounted in the cycle storage reference to rippled water in a river. The design is using lighting as part of the branding and guiding visitors through the space. The exterior Nile fittings are IP67 rated.

“It was great to work so closely with Spratley in the early stages of the project, to support their ideas and concepts with technical advice. The involvement of Hollis Global and Spratley combined gave us clear direction in which to complete the technical lighting design for the interior and exterior proposals.”

Josh Bell – Project Engineer

The Interior.

In the reception area and breakout, the Nile suspended was specified and used for main illumination of the space. The smooth finish of the tubular Nile and soft lighting emitted from the luminaries creates comfortable lighting and good contrast with the concrete ceilings. Nile surface mounted was used in the breakout space. Installed in a symmetrical pattern, the tubular luminaries are enhancing the contemporary design of the space.

In the circulation areas around the staircase, the Nile suspended was installed behind metal mesh ceiling tiles in a playful diagonal pattern. 

Nile Surface mounted and suspended were used to illuminate the new shower block. The lighting enhances the contemporary look of the facilities.  

In the main open plan office area, the Nile Suspended was used behind the metal mesh tiles as part of the hybrid ceiling to create a playful visual feature. 

In the main staircase area, the Rio wall with direct/indirect distribution was used to provide the general lighting for the space. The performance driven linear profile Rio has a clean cut design and the matte black finish boosts the visual appearance of the space. A true wow factor has been achieved in the stairwell by the vertically suspended Nile suspended. The omnidirectional tubular luminaire with 360 degree illumination were suspended at different lengths to create this eye-catching architectural feature pendant.

The result is a very distinctive contemporary CAT A workplace where the architectural lighting truly sets the workplace apart and allows the actual building to become a centre stage. It’s a welcoming space with the architectural lighting attractive to future tenants and visitors.

Project in figures:

30 Design hours

30 design hours were allocated to the interior and exterior lighting design for this project

14 Rio Exteriors

14 Rio Exterior Wall mounted luminaries with IP65 rating were installed in the exterior area

3 Distributions

3 different distributions of Nile Suspended and Surface Mounted were used on this project

Products used in this project:

Rio Wall Direct/Indirect

Bellart Suspended

Nile Suspended

Nile Surface

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The Bower, 207-211 Old Street, London.

OFFICE AND ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING FOR A CONTEMPORARY CAT B FITOUT.

THE BOWER, 207 - 211 OLD STREET, LONDON.

Project Summary:

Location: London
Sector: Office
Client: Finblr
Architect: M Moser Associates
Electrical Contractor: Lecter Associates
Value: £28K
Duration: 8 weeks
Size: 11,329 sq. ft
Photography: lighting system: Marek Sikora, the space: Alex Kendrick

The recent CAT B refurbishment situated on the 17th floor of The Tower building sees a pioneering transformation of an entire floor of approximately 11,329 sq. ft for the London HQ of the global tech payment platform Finablr.

Completed in 2018 and offering 171,000 sq ft of high spec office space, The Tower is one part of The Bower, the award winning scheme situated just off the Old Street Roundabout. The scheme designed by AHMM Architects completely transformed the pair of the old 1967 BT buildings, turning them into high-end office space, retail and public realm project, The Bower. In December 2018, Finablr joined the strong line-up of tech, media and fashion occupiers at The Bower who have all been drawn to the thriving community  and the outstanding design of the scheme. 

AN INNOVATIVE CAT B SCHEME.

The innovative CAT B scheme designed by workplace architects M Moser Associates presents a unique concept of future proof eco system designed completely around the fin tech giant’s needs and working style. The scheme fosters collaboration and allows the client to adapt the space to suit their needs. In the centre of the concept, the multipurpose amphitheatre, is the organic intersection of the team, client and stakeholder interaction.

AN INNOVATIVE CAT B SCHEME.

The innovative CAT B scheme designed by workplace architects M Moser Associates presents a unique concept of future proof eco system designed completely around the fin tech giant’s needs and working style. The scheme fosters collaboration and allows the client to adapt the space to suit their needs. In the centre of the concept, the multipurpose amphitheatre, is the organic intersection of the team, client and stakeholder interaction.

With its comfortable settings, acoustic curtains and eye catching architectural lighting, it features the centre of this unique workplace scheme. Using clever design features like mobile tried seating and stack-able chairs allows the client to host events for up to 120 people or use the space as a thinking and collaboration touch-point. 

THE COMPLEX LINEAR LIGHTING SYSTEM

The complex organic linear lighting feature positioned above the amphitheatre space was designed by M Moser Associates. It represents the dynamic nature of the client and the global reach of their business and at the same time, it is strategically designed to produce lighting in the auditorium, where needed.

THE COMPLEX LINEAR LIGHTING SYSTEM.

The complex organic linear lighting feature positioned above the amphitheatre space was designed by M Moser Associates. It represents the dynamic nature of the client and the global reach of their business and at the same time, it is strategically designed to produce lighting in the auditorium, where needed.

“The team on site printed off a 1:1 scale drawing (across multiple sheets of paper!), which they then laid out on the floor in position. All parts of the lighting system were then laid out, over the drawings, and lifted up and installed 1 by 1 until the luminaire was complete. ”

- JOSH BELL - 299 PROJECT ENGINEER.

In December 2018, our technical team was approached by the electrical contractor, Lecter Associates, with a request of turning the beautiful and unique design of the organic line into a reality. We engineered the bespoke architectural lighting systems and delivered it to the site within 8 weeks.

“The ‘squiggle’, as we internally call this organic linear system, consists of 31 parts of the Rio Suspended that had to be assembled on site.”

Marcela Pomphrey  Marketing Director  299 Lighting.

The whole linear system was delivered in a contemporary matt black finish to match the dark colour scheme of the exposed ceilings. The bespoke lighting system was delivered to the site on time. Our team managed to organise a photo shoot of the lighting system straight after the installation. The global platform Finablr moved to their new amazing space in the Bower in August 2019, after 8 months of design and build process.

Their new workplace is an attractive, flexible and forward thinking scheme with a feature lighting everyone will remember.

Project in figures:

8 Weeks

In just 8 weeks the 299 team designed, developed and delivered the "squiggle" on site.

31 Rio's

The 'squiggle', as we internally call this organic linear system, consists of 31 parts of the Rio Suspended that had to be assembled on site.

11,329 sq. ft

This project consists of approximately 11,329 sq.ft of contemporary commercial office space.

Products used in this project:

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Glen House, London.

BESPOKE ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING FOR COFFERED SLABS.

Project Summary:

Location: Hammersmith, London

Sector: Office

Value: £128K

Duration: 5 Months

Architect: Delvendahl Martin Architects

Property Management: Romulus Construction Limited

Photography: Agnese Sanvito

Situated at the heart of Hammersmith Town Centre in West London, the recently refurbished late 70’s building Glen House offers approximately 32,000 sq ft of high spec CAT A office space with a few perks like bike parking, showers and roof terrace.

The refurbishment scheme was designed by the award-winning architectural practice Delvendahl Martin Architects, covering all main and shared areas, including the new reception.

Glen House features a 5 storey late 70’s Art Deco building close to Hammersmith Station. The work was carried out by the London based property investment and development group Romulus. Following the architect’s brief, they remodelled the reception area, extended the office area on the fourth floor to create a contemporary workspace with plenty of daylight. 

The interiors were stripped down to expose the concrete coffered slabs and columns. The design scheme is strongly referencing to Art Deco and was also influenced by the bold geometric forms of Brutalist architecture. Based on simple geometrical shape, the bespoke commercial lighting has become a part of the fabric of the building.

The design brief.

The main design feature of the building are the exposed concrete coffered slabs ceilings. The cohesion of the whole scheme was achieved by referencing the shape of the coffered slabs with the shape of the bespoke architectural lighting in the reception area.

The design brief.

The main design feature of the building are the exposed concrete coffered slabs ceilings. The cohesion of the whole scheme was achieved by referencing the shape of the coffered slabs with the shape of the bespoke architectural lighting in the reception area.

Our team approached the project team at Romulus to discuss the office lighting for the project. Suspended lighting has been specified by the architectural practice to enhance the exposed coffered slabs and provide good quality artificial lighting to promote wellbeing.

The linear LED lighting Rio Suspended was put forward as a contemporary looking energy efficient LED linear profile. 

The clean lines of RIO Suspended enhance the exposed coffered slabs, adding bold visual feature and texture to the space. Thanks to its clean aesthetics, excellent performance and high visual comfort, the RIO is a popular choice of linear light for working environment.

The biggest concern was keeping the lighting for office space competitive and meeting the LG7 guide. Full lighting design and calculations have been produced by the team to ensure the correct light levels were achieved.  After the linear suspension lighting was signed off, we were asked to do a proposal for a fully bespoke suspension lighting for the reception area. 

The  brief for the bespoke fittings was to echo the concrete coffered slabs of the original late 70’s building. We produced working samples for the project sign off, and made sure the dimensions of the fittings were correct. The bespoke fitting was accepted, and installed.

The scheme is enjoying plenty of natural light. Marrying the raw look of exposed potted ceilings, concrete columns and subtle colour scheme, the scheme has a contemporary and airy feel.

THE BESPOKE

The slim square shaped profiles with round edges have been designed by the architect to match the shape of the potted ceilings found on all above floors. The bespoke ceiling lights are side-lit using a double satin diffuser, emitting soft comfortable light.

The units are connected to another by simple conduit pipes. The bespoke light fittings were delivered in pairs as male and female. Keeping a clean and minimalist look, drivers for each run are located in a room next to the reception. Each row had to be suspended and moved in one go. A platform had to be built to for the installation.

299 also supplied lighting for corridors and bathrooms. All lighting was supplied for the scheduled completion in March this year.

The end result is a contemporary looking CAT A fit out scheme enhancing the Art Deco style building and offering a great place to work. The design is further enhanced by bespoke lighting referencing to the shape of the waffle slabs. 

The 299 team really showed their capability of delivering bespoke lighting solutions. Our internal knowledge and product manufacturing experience allow us to handle the most complex of projects.

“We worked with 299 as we found them reliable, experienced and great value for money. The didn’t just supply the office fittings, but also the complementary fittings for the corridors, bathrooms etc. I am very happy with the bespoke fittings referencing the potted ceilings. Overall I am very satisfied with their products and services.”

— JODY BISHOP, SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER AT ROMULUS CONSTRUCTION LIMITED

Project in figures:

35

Bespoke soft square luminaires delivered

10 Weeks

Weeks delivery time on the bespoke lighting

5 Months

Months from initial enquiry to the completion

Products used in this project:

Rio Suspended Direct
Rio Suspended Direct/Indirect

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71-73 Carter Lane, London.

OFFICE LIGHTING FOR DESIGN-LED SERVICED OFFICE SPACE

71-72 CARTER LANE, LONDON

Project Summary:

Location: London

Sector: Office

Value: Undisclosed

Duration: 3 Months

Interior Designer: Create

Client: Boutique Workspace

Electrical Contractor: Holloway Group

The latest addition to Boutique Workplace growing family of stylish workplace destinations around central London features 14,500 sq ft of fully furnished flexible office space. True to the brand philosophy, the recently refurbished 5 storey 71-73 Carter Lane offers a design led mixture of private suites, self contained floors, shared space, meeting rooms and amenities with a bold personality.

With an impressive portfolio of 30 boutique locations situated in buzzing parts of central London,Boutique Workplace offers clients unique and design led serviced office space. True to its core values and philosophy, Boutique Workplace designs their workplace with their clients in mind, catering for businesses from start ups to establish businesses.

“The design scheme is based on geometrical patterns, structured finishes and bold, rich colours, all bonded by golden details. “

Business Development Manager – 299 Lighting

Boasting a superb location with excellent transport connectivity, 71-73 Carter Lane is situated in a thriving  area within a stone throw of St. Paul’s Cathedral. It comprises 21 boutique offices over 5 floors, incorporating 237 workstations and offering anything from private desks to self contained floors for larger clients.  

Boutique Workplace keeps a tight focus on the type of properties they offer their clients- well located workplace with the size ranging between 10,000 to 15,000 sq ft, fitted to high standard and boutique look and feel.

Commissioned with the brief of rejuvenating the tired building, Create were leading the design on the project and created a contemporary concept for the space.

Strongly referencing to Art Deco, the design is contemporary and bold. In some places, lighting is obscured by mesh ceiling details, creating moody and dramatic atmosphere.

We worked closely with the electrical contractor Holloway Group, who approached us in June 2018. Thanks to our reputation on previous projects, we have been trusted by the electrical contractor to design the lighting scheme for the whole project. 299’s team created the lighting layout and a luminaire schedule, based on the design concept. Several site meetings and site surveys were carried out to support the project. Our team guided the contractor and the design team with the technical advice and product specification, putting suitable products for client’s sign off. The project was fast paced and the scheme consists of a Cat A and a Cat B fitout. 

The design brief was calling for suspended linear lighting to work with the exposed ceilings and services. The RIO Suspended was used as the main office luminaire throughout the whole scheme. Thanks to its superb build quality, excellent performance and high visual comfort, the RIO is a popular choice of general lighting for working environment.

The circulation areas and corridors are lit with the same luminaire, installed in a scattered pattern.  All linear lighting was supplied in a contemporary black colour to enhance the bold design scheme.

In the circulation and breakout areas on Ground floor the Nile Suspended was used behind the mesh ceilings. This allowed the designer to hide the source of light and create a soft, dramatic atmosphere. The tubular pendant NILE has an industrial feel and works really well in this context.

The result is bold and contemporary scheme making this boutique style workspace truly unique. The premium finishes, geometrical patterns and contemporary linear lighting combined with energising colour scheme, make the 71-73 Carter Lane an exciting place to work.

“We knew of 299 from previous projects. We had a short period of time on site, and needed that extra lighting support to supply good quality fittings at competitive prices, but also to get the standards in the office to good levels. 299 Lighting’s external and internal teams helped us every step of the way.”

— DIRECTOR AT HOLLOWAY GROUP

Project in figures:

3 Months

From initial project brief through to delivery.

5 Storey

Carter Lane offers a mixture of private suites, self contained floors, shared space and meeting rooms.

14,500

Carter Lane features 14,500 sq ft. of fully furnished flexible office space.

Products used in this project:

Rio Suspended Direct
Nile Suspended

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Labs House, London.

LIGHTING DESIGN CONSULTANCY FOR A TRENDY COWORKING SPACE.

LABS HOUSE, LONDON.

Project Summary:

Location: London

Sector: Office

Value: £300K

Duration: 3 Months

Main Contractor: OD Group Ltd

Client: LABS

Architect: Moxon Architects

Electrical Contractor: Paul Earl Ltd

Backed up by world’s most successful entrepreneurs and technology experts, LABS is a network of trendy and tech- savvy coworking spaces in London and Tel Aviv.

The unique selling point of LABS spaces is an original design of each location created by leading designers like Tom Dixon, but most importantly, there is a high sense of community and stimulating environment to allow companies to grow to their full potential.

From the industrial open ceilings and sky high views to the carefully curated artwork and murals, every detail is considered. LABS is a progressive company with a clear mission of being the leader in coworking revolution.

Situated in the heart of LABS Holborn campus and surrounded by some of London’s finest restaurants and bars, the LABS HOUSE is a distinct building boasting many original features. The excellent transport links make the site perfectly connected to the city.

The 9 floor building has been recently refurbished by fit out experts OD Group Ltd to a high standard, adding forward-thinking features to make everyday work life more efficient. LABS House offers coffee shop, gym facilities and bike parking to name a few perks.

The main design brief was to retain the original charm and character of the building whilst creating a top workplace for London’s professionals ranging from small business and startups to well established businesses.

Approached by Moxon Architects in March 2018 with the open design brief to create an attractive office and architectural lighting scheme to compliment the high ceilings, premium finishes and contemporary colour scheme. Our experience in designing complex lighting schemes for premium workplaces gave the architect the confidence that our team understood the design brief.

Several site meetings and site surveys were carried out to support the project. Our team supported the architect with the technical advice and product specification, putting suitable products for client’s sign off. The LABS internal design team was heavily involved in the design process. 299’s team was trusted with creating the lighting layout for the entire building, making sure the new office lighting will be compliant with LG7 guide and CIBSE.

Full lighting design and lighting calculations were produced along picture-like 3D renders to help the client visualise the space. We worked closely with the Electrical contractor Paul Earl on delivering this complex fast turnaround project. The scheme consists of a Cat A and Cat B fitout. The design process started from the top floor going all the way to the ground floor.

The design brief was calling for suspended linear lighting to work with the exposed ceilings and services. The client requested a slim luminaire in a neutral colour. The RIO Suspended was used as the main office luminaire throughout the whole scheme. Thanks to its superb build quality, excellent performance and high visual comfort, the RIO is a popular choice of general lighting for working environment.

The circulation areas and corridors are lit with the  the slim linear profile LECK Suspended. The LECK works well in a repetitive pattern. All linear lighting was supplied in grey colour to match the colour scheme.

The LABS House building features an atrium stretching from 7th to 8th floor. The large atrium window is offering the views of the majestic views of Victoria House.  We designed the abstract suspended feature lighting for the atrium using the NILE Suspended. The tubular pendant NILE can be suspended horizontally or vertically, like a stick. This allows the designer to create a completely unique abstract objects for large spaces and atrium’s.

“Nothing was too much trouble for 299 lighting and they offered a fantastic service both before and during the project.“

Lee Mathews – Paul Earl Ltd

In the breakout spaces and quieter areas, track lighting was used to add some visual interest to the design of the space. The design team picked the Venta track in black and white colour to suit specific areas.

Our lighting design consultancy included calculating the lux levels of the decorative pendant lights used across the scheme. LED downlights for backroom areas were supplied to complete the lighting scheme.

The result is stunning scheme making this trendy coworking space truly unique. The premium wooden floors, airy settings, and flattering lighting with an energising colour scheme combined , make the LABS House more than a place to work, it’s a place to grow and thrive.

This has been our largest project to date, where the team really showed their design talent and experience to handle fast paced projects on a large scale.

“The project at Labs House has been a challenging project from the start to finish. It was important to get the design correct at an early stage. This was achieved by numerous workshops with the Client and the support of 299 Lighting ( Elman Lewis in particular). The end result is a fantastic looking building that we can all be proud and has been a great project to be part of. We look forward to working with 299 on many more future projects.”

— LEE MATTHEWS - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT PAUL EARL LTD

Project in figures:

3 Months

From initial project brief through to delivery.

9 Floors

The 9 floor building has been recently refurbished by fit out experts OD Group Ltd to a high standard.

2 Floors

The atrium breakout space stretches over two floors, from the 7th to the 8th!

Products used in this project:

Rio Suspended Direct
Nile Suspended