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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11 Old Jewry, London.

OFFICE LIGHTING FOR AN INDUSTRIAL STYLE CAT A FITOUT.

11 OLD JEWRY, LONDON.

Project Summary:

Location: London
Sector: Office
Client: Staffordshire County Council
Architect: Fabric
Main Contractor: Virtus Contracts ltd.
Consultant: FHP Engineering and Building Services
Value: £28K
Duration: 15 months
Size:  6,250 sq. ft
Photography: Dave Parker

The recently completed CAT A refurbishment of the multi-story Art Deco style building 11 Old Jewry offers approximately 6,250 sq. ft of contemporary CAT A office accommodation flooded with daylight. Located in the City of London, Jewry Lane was once built as a safe-haven for Jewish financiers and their families. The street is now mostly renowned for financial institutions surrounded by retail, cafes and restaurants. The CAT A fit out scheme 11 Old Jewry was designed by the London based architecture and interior design studio Fabric and the works were carried out by Virtus Contracts.

The development celebrates the original fabric of the building whilst offering unrivalled views of London’s hustle and bustle. Contemporary design aside, 11 Old Jewry provides attractive services like a 24 hours reception and a bike storage to its tenants.

Originally built in 1928 and renovated in 2003, the imposing multi storey building consists of a ground floor retail space and 9 floors of office accommodation. Situated in the heath of the City, the 11 Old Jewry is in the walking distance to both Bank and Moorgate station, with everything at your fingertips.

The key objectives.

The interior design and architectural practice Fabric were appointed as the architect on the CAT A refurbishment of the 11 Jewry Lane in 2018. The key objective was to maximise the daylight in the office space, increase the ceiling height and expose services to create a contemporary industrial look and feel, aligning the interior with the existing factory style perimeter windows.

THE KEY OBJECTIVES.

The interior design and architectural practice Fabric were appointed as the architect on the CAT A refurbishment of the 11 Jewry Lane in 2018. The key objective was to maximise the daylight in the office space, increase the ceiling height and expose services to create a contemporary industrial look and feel, aligning the interior with the existing factory style perimeter windows.

The CAT A refurbishment is situated on the fifth floor of the property. With its large factory style windows and dark exposed ceilings, it offers great views and presents 6,250 sq ft of a contemporary workspace in a sought after location.  

The linear luminaires from 299’s range were specified for the general office area by the design team at Fabric. The 299 team was approached by the consultant in October 2018 with the request to run through the lighting design specification and ensure the correct light levels were met. Working closely with the consultant and the main contractor, we carried out calculations, making sure the correct lux levels and uniformity were achieved to meet the current LG7 Guidelines. With a straightforward layout, 4 hours of lighting design were used to support this project.

The design brief.

With the aim of maximising the daylight and creating a comfortable place to work, the design brief was based on increasing the ceiling height by exposing all of the services. This allowed sufficient space for suspended lighting to be used throughout the entire fitout scheme and achieving the LG7 standard.

The design brief was driven by a subtle interplay of the original Art Deco style building and the large factory style perimeter windows. The objective was to create a contemporary workspace with an industrial look and feel, attractive to future tenants.

 

THE DESIGN BRIEF.

With the aim of maximising the daylight and creating a comfortable place to work, the design brief was based on increasing the ceiling height by exposing all of the services. This allowed sufficient space for suspended lighting to be used throughout the entire fitout scheme and achieving the LG7 standard.

The design brief was driven by a subtle interplay of the original Art Deco style building and the large factory style perimeter windows. The objective was to create a contemporary workspace with an industrial look and feel, attractive to future tenants.

In the open plan office space, the designer’s favourite Rio Suspended Direct was used as the general office lighting, enhancing the dark exposed ceilings. Rio is the ultimate performance driven linear lighting with a contemporary clean-cut design, creating beautiful lines of light and providing comfortable lighting for the user. The Rio Suspended linear profiles were specified in one standard size and equipped with micro prismatic diffusers.

“In the circulation areas, Talla Suspended was used in a repetitive pattern to add a playful visual feature to the design and allow for a less formal space to be created by the tenant.”

In some areas, the designer used plaster to finish the ceilings, with invisible lines of light created by Rio Recessed Trimless. Seamlessly blending in and energising the space, these areas give the future tenants an opportunity to break up the space with more informal seating or collaboration areas.

All suspended linear and architectural lighting was specified and supplied in a contemporary matte black finish, enhancing the contemporary interior design and the dark colour scheme. The recessed trimless profiles were specified and supplied in a subtle white finish.

All luminaires were supplied as DALI dimmable. Some fittings were equipped with Integrated  emergency units as per the emergency lighting design. 

The result is a great looking contemporary CAT A workplace with an industrial look and feel. Both the office and architectural lighting stand out and enhance the space. Thanks to the luminaires compatibility with the DALI control system, the scheme is capable of creating several lighting scenes, giving the user great flexibility whilst promoting wellbeing and sustainability.

Project in figures:

15 Months

From initial project brief through to delivery.

4 Design hours

4 design hours in total were dedicated to this project.

1 revisions

To achieve perfection, the design team only had to make 1 revision of this project.

Products used in this project:

Rio Suspended Direct
Rio Recessed Trimless
Talla Suspended Direct

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Quadrant House, Broad Street Mall, Reading.

Quadrant House, Broad Street Mall, Reading.

FAST PACED OFFICE LIGHTING FOR A CAT A & B DESIGN-LED FITOUT

QUADRANT HOUSE, BROAD STREET MALL, READING.

Project Summary:

Location: Reading
Sector: Office
Client: Co-Space
Interior Designer: Waistcoat & Badger
M&E Contractor: HCL Interiors
Value: £26K
Duration: 8 Weeks
Size: 14,000 sq. ft
Photography: Co-Space

The fast growing network of flexible workspaces Co-Space successfully opened the doors of its latest premises situated in Broad St. Mall in Reading town centre in September 2020. Offering approximately 14,000 sq. ft of contemporary ready to occupy flexible serviced office accommodation, it is set to attract start-ups, SME and established businesses alike.

Good location and a community sense with an online platform to support growth are the key points behind the Co-space philosophy. With more outside of London locations coming soon, Co-Space is one to watch.

Arranged over two floors, the contemporary CAT A & B refurbishment scheme was designed by the interior designer practice Waistcoat & Badger who were tasked with transforming the un-inspiring office space in a neglected 60’s shopping centre into a desirable ready to occupy work space. The internal refurbishment works were carried out by HCL Interiors as part of the huge regeneration project of the Broad Street Mall refurbishment designed by Moorgarth.

Uniquely positioned in a shopping centre, the Reading Co-Space location is accessible to its members 24/7. Situated within a walking distance to all amenities, it also boasts a great connection to London. 

Following a successful cooperation on several projects in the last few years, we were approached by HCL Interiors in January 2020 with a lighting design specification for this project. Working closely with the M&E contractor, we progressed this fast paced project with site visits followed by lighting design and calculations, ensuring correct office lighting was specified and supplied within a short time scale. The scheme was set to achieve the current CIBSE Code for Lighting, which indicates the performance specification requirements for the various areas in the building.

THE DESIGN BRIEF

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.

The site is positioned on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the Broad Street Mall shopping centre. The layout of the second floor consists of private offices, communal area, resident desking, meeting rooms, kitchen area with breakout space and a quiet zone. 

In corridors and the office space across the entire CAT A & B scheme, the designer’s favourite Rio Suspended Direct was used for the general office lighting. Rio is the ultimate performance driven linear lighting with a contemporary clean-cut design, creating beautiful lines of light and providing comfortable lighting for the user.

“299 were able to take our designs for Co-Space Reading and create a lighting plan that worked with the overall look and feel whilst achieving the relevant lux levels. We want to move away from a more traditional office lighting design and create a scheme that showcases our brand and the design-led elements of the space.”

William Stokes – Joint Founder & CEO Co-Space

“299 were able to take our designs for Co-Space Reading and create a lighting plan that worked with the overall look and feel whilst achieving the relevant lux levels. We want to move away from a more traditional office lighting design and create a scheme that showcases our brand and the design-led elements of the space.”

William Stokes – Joint Founder & CEO Co-Space

In the reception and common areas, the suspended tubular lighting Bellart was used; dotted around across the entire scheme. To keep a sense of symmetry, in some places with more restricted access, the surface mounted version of the Bellart was mounted onto the services. The can-style fittings work well with the exposed ceilings and services, adding a more informal look and creating a more dramatic lighting effect.

The third floor features open plan office space with larger desking areas lit by Rio Suspended Direct linear systems. The scheme is using two different colour temperatures, several standard sizes and the Rio profiles are equipped with opal diffusers.

In the two larger meeting rooms, rectangular-shaped made-to-measure linear systems were created to provide illumination and create a bold visual statement, framing the decorative pendants.

All linear and tubular lighting on the 2nd floor was supplied in a contemporary white finish, enhancing the dark interior colour scheme. The linear lighting on the 3rd floor was supplied in a contemporary matte black finish. Some luminaires were supplied with integrated  emergency lighting as per the emergency lighting design.  

The result is a visually strong contemporary CAT A & B workplace designed to the very last detail. The suspended office lighting creates a bold contrast with the dark interior scheme and the tubular pendants blend in with the exposed ceiling and services, allowing the staggering amount of suspended plant pots to steal the show. Designed with every attention to detail, the first Co-Space location in Reading delivered the promise of premium design led flexible office space. Thanks to the great work our team delivered on this project, we have been trusted with lighting the second Co-Space location in Stevenage, which will be opening very soon. 

Project in figures:

12 Hours

We spent approximately 12 hours working on the lighting design for this project.

2

Made-to-measure lighting systems were supplied for the meeting rooms.

 

8 Weeks

From initial consultation through to delivery on site.

 

Products used in this project:

Rio Suspended Direct
Bellart Suspended

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20 Dering Street, London.

OFFICE LIGHTING FOR A HIGH-END PLUG & PLAY OFFICE SPACE.

20 dering street, london.

Project Summary:

Location: London
Sector: Office
Client: Legal & General
Architect: Suttonca
Main Contractor: OD Group
Consultant: Cundall
M&E Contractor: Paul Earl
Value: £26K
Duration: 5 months
Size: 7,927 sq. ft
Photography: courtesy of LEVY Real Estate

The very latest addition to Legal and General’s growing network of Capsule workspaces, 20 Dering Street in London offers approximately 7,927 sq ft of contemporary ready to occupy flexible office accommodation. Good location is a key to all Capsule workspaces and 20 Dering Street can definitely boast excellent connectivity to Central London and all Mayfair has to offer. 

The contemporary CAT A+ refurbishment scheme was designed by the young and dynamic London based architectural practice Suttonca who were tasked with repositioning the 1920’s art deco style building into a ready to occupy work space. The internal refurbishment works were carried out by OD Group.

Unique in Great Britain, there is only one street named Dering Street. Situated metres from Oxford Street and a short distance to Bond Street and Liberties, 20 Dering Street occupies a prominent position at the junction of Dering Street and Tenterden Street. 

ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 1927

With the aim of maximising the daylight and creating a comfortable place to work, the design brief was based on increasing the ceiling height by exposing all of the services. This allowed sufficient space for suspended lighting to be used throughout the entire fitout scheme and achieving the LG7 standard.

The design brief was driven by a subtle interplay of the original Art Deco style building and the large factory style perimeter windows. The objective was to create a contemporary workspace with an industrial look and feel, attractive to future tenants.

 

THE DESIGN BRIEF.

Meeting current lighting standards (the CIBSE Lighting guide) and compliance was only part of the story. The architect’s vision was a simple, paired back interior scheme retaining as many original features as possible. The interior design is a fine tuned balance of exposed building fabric and services accentuated with soft hospitality style furnishing. The linear office lighting had to work with exposed services and the new interior design, enhancing the beautiful interplay between the exposed brickwork and services, large metal framed glass partitioning and contemporary furnishing, all framed in dark colours.

The scheme comprises the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor of the building with the layout almost identical across the 3 floor plates. Each floor offers a waiting area, studio space, private meeting room, breakout area with a fully fitted kitchen. 

To keep the exposed ceiling uncluttered and the interior design consistent across the entire scheme, the designer’s favourite Rio Suspended Direct was used for the general office lighting. Rio is the ultimate performance driven linear lighting with a contemporary clean-cut design, instantly recognisable by its minimalist suspension kit. Proven and tested, it provides comfortable lighting for the user. The Rio linear profiles were specified in standard size and equipped with opal diffuser.

“Dering Street, Mayfair was another great project completed with the assistance of 299 Lighting, a pleasure to work with and as always we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Chris Foote – Operations Director at Paul Earl Ltd.

In the waiting areas and private meeting rooms, the Rydal Suspended was used as a feature lighting. The 650 mm diameter pendants are substantial enough to create bold presence in space and add a visual interest to the design scheme. All suspended lighting was specified and supplied in a contemporary matte black finish, enhancing the contemporary dark colour scheme of the interior design. 

The Rio luminaires and Rydal pendants were supplied as DALI compatible control gear allowing the lighting to function with the lighting control system. Integrated  emergency lighting was supplied in some luminaires following the emergency lighting design. 

The final result is a distinctive ready to occupy CAT A+ workplace designed with attention to detail. The office lighting is part of the bold interior design, enhancing the architectural beauty and the fabric of the building. With the carefully curated colour scheme and paired back interior design, 20 Dering Street stands up to the brand promise of delivering a well located, contemporary capsule workspace attractive to tenants looking for flexible office accommodation.

Project in figures:

7,927 sq.ft

Dering Street offers approximately 7,927 sq. ft of contemporary office accommodation

5 Storey

Dering Street is a 5 storey art deco styled building.

5 Months

From initial project brief through to delivery.

Products used in this project:

Rio Suspended Direct
Rydal Suspended

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390 Strand, London.

390 Strand, London.

OFFICE LIGHTING FOR A CAT A+ FITOUT WITH CONCRETE COFFERED SLABS.

390 strand, london.

Project Summary:

Location: London
Sector: Office
Client: Legal & General
Architect: Garnett & Partners
Main Contractor: Colins Contruction
Services Consultant: Milieu Consult
M&E Contractor: EDGE Design & Build
Value: £38K
Duration: 5 months
Size: 6,700 sq. ft
Photography: Tony Maclean

The latest addition to Legal and General’s network of Capsule workspaces, 390 Strand in London offers approximately 6,700 sq ft of contemporary ready to occupy flexible office accommodation. Good location is a key to all Capsule workspaces and 390 Strand can definitely boast excellent connectivity to Central London and all it has to offer.

The trendy CAT A+ refurbishment was designed by the award winning London based architectural practice Garnett & Partners who were tasked with repositioning the 1970’s building into a contemporary work space.

First recorded in 1185, The Strand forms a connection between Westminster and the City of London and as a home to three major theatres it has been predominantly known as London’s entertainment zone. Situated on the north side of the Strand and built between 1970’s and previously called The Centric House, 390-391 Strand is a 6 storey brutalist style building with bold concrete potted ceilings throughout. 

THE KEY OBJECTIVES.

In April 2019, the award winning architectural practice Garnett & Partners were appointed as the lead architect on the redevelopment of the scheme. The key objective was to reconfigure the space on each floor, creating 8-20 workstations, meeting room and breakout areas with a kitchenette per floor. The refurbishment was carried out by Collins Construction. Following the architect’s brief, the works included the floor space reconfiguration, new vertical lift as well as a facade upgrade and new services throughout.

Inspired by our work on the Glen House project, the architectural studio approached our team in June 2019 with a lighting design specification. Working closely with the architect, the main contractor and the M&E contractor, 299 Lighting became an integral part of the design team. Taking part in site meetings followed by a full office lighting design and calculations, we took care of  the lighting specification for the entire office space and staircase. The scheme was set to achieve the current BCO Guidelines on Lighting, maximising the use of day light where possible. In total, 20 hours of lighting design were used to support this project. 

THE DESIGN BRIEF.

Meeting current lighting standards (the BCO Lighting guide) was only part of the story. The design brief was driven by the raw fabric of the building. With the concrete coffered slabs being such a dominant feature of the scheme, the office lighting had to work with the new interior design enhancing the beautiful interplay between the exposed brickwork and services, large statement windows and contemporary furnishing, all framed in dark colours.

THE DESIGN BRIEF.

Meeting current lighting standards (the BCO Lighting guide) was only part of the story. The design brief was driven by the raw fabric of the building. With the concrete coffered slabs being such a dominant feature of the scheme, the office lighting had to work with the new interior design enhancing the beautiful interplay between the exposed brickwork and services, large statement windows and contemporary furnishing, all framed in dark colours.

The floor plan layout is almost identical across the 6 floor plates, offering studio space, private meeting room, breakout area, kitchenette and toilet, with most of the workplace area framed in the concrete coffered slabs. To keep the complex ceiling uncluttered and the interior design consistent across the entire scheme, the designer’s favourite Rio Suspended Direct/Indirect was used for the general office lighting.

Rio is the ultimate performance driven linear lighting with a contemporary clean-cut design, instantly recognisable by its minimalist suspension kit. Proven and tested, it provides comfortable lighting for the user and the direct/indirect light distribution lends a visually dramatic look and feel to the space. The Rio linear profiles were specified in several standard sizes and equipped with micro prismatic diffuser and PIR sensors.

All linear lighting was specified and supplied in a contemporary matte black finish, enhancing the contemporary dark colour scheme of the interior design. 
The Rio luminaires were supplied as DALI dimmable equipped with integrated PIRs for energy saving and automated switching. Integrated  emergency lighting was supplied in some luminaires following the emergency lighting design.

The final result is an outstanding ready to occupy CAT A+ workplace designed with attention to detail. The office lighting is part of the bold interior design, enhancing the architectural beauty and the fabric of the building. With the carefully curated colour scheme and distinctive interior design, 390 Strand stands up to the brand promise of delivering a well located, contemporary capsule workspace attractive to tenants looking for flexible office accommodation.

Project in figures:

20 Design hours

20 Design hours were allocated to the interior lighted design for this project

6 Floors

390-391 Strand is a six storey brutalist style building with bold concrete potted ceilings throughout.

5 Months

From initial project brief through to delivery.

Products used in this project:

Rio Suspended Direct
Rio Suspended Direct/Indirect

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82 – 84 Berwick Street, London.

82 – 84 Berwick Street, London.

OFFICE & ARCHITECHTURAL LIGHTING FOR A MEDIA STYLE CAT A FITOUT.

82 - 84 BERWICK STREET, LONDON.

Project Summary:

Location: London
Sector: Mixed use/ Office
Client: Confidential
Architect: Alexander Martin Architects
Main Contractor: Rackham Construction
Value: £35K
Duration: 36 months
Size: 9,000 sq. ft
Photography: Peter Cook

The recently completed CAT A refurbishment and extension of three Victorian warehouse-style buildings 82-84 Berwick Street offers approximately 7,336 sq ft of contemporary media style office accommodation flooded with daylight. A few minutes walk to London Chinatown, Soho Gardens and some of the finest shopping addresses in London like the Liberty, the Berwick Works is located right in the beating heart of London’s Soho.

The mixed use development scheme Berwick Works was designed by the London based architecture and interior design studio Alexander Martin Architects. The development celebrates the rich textile heritage of the building, whilst adding bold contemporary features and colour pallette. 

FANTASTIC VIEWS OF URBAN HUSTLE AND BUSTLE.

Built between 1687 and 1703, Berwick street has a long history of ‘rag trade’ with a unique hotpotch of fabric shops offering new and old. Designed for a light industrial use, with tenants like fabric merchants, 82-84 Berwick Street were originally three 4 storey buildings with a lower ground floor. The re-development features two additional floors plus a further extension to the back and side of the building as well as two roof terraces offering fantastic views full of urban hustle and bustle.

FANTASTIC VIEWS OF URBAN HUSTLE AND BUSTLE.

Built between 1687 and 1703, Berwick street has a long history of ‘rag trade’ with a unique hotpotch of fabric shops offering new and old. Designed for a light industrial use, with tenants like fabric merchants, 82-84 Berwick Street were originally three 4 storey buildings with a lower ground floor. The re-development features two additional floors plus a further extension to the back and side of the building as well as two roof terraces offering fantastic views full of urban hustle and bustle.

In February 2015, the AMA were appointed as the architect on the redevelopment of the 82-84 Berwick Street. The key objective was to extend the office space and maximise the retail space of the development whilst creating a new separate entrance to the office space on upper floors.

“The retail unit is situated in the lower ground floor and ground floor of the property. With its large windows and exposed brickwork, it presents 1,336 sq ft of a contemporary retail space in a sought after location.”

Marcela Pomphrey – Marketing Director

Our team was approached by AMA in 2016 with a lighting design specification. Working closely with the architectural studio and the main contractor, we conducted several site meetings followed by a full office lighting design and calculations, making sure the correct lighting products including emergency lighting have been specified for all areas to meet the current BCO Guidelines. In total, 60 hours of lighting design were used to support this project. 

The design brief.

Maximising the daylight and introducing quality office and architectural lighting meeting current lighting standards (the BCO Lighting guide) was only part of the story. The design brief was driven by a subtle interplay of the original Victorian building and the contemporary design of the new mixed development scheme. The design objective was to create a contemporary workspace with understated features like white wall lighting on white painted brickworks, high quality finishes throughout, all beautifully connecting the old with the new.

The design brief.

Maximising the daylight and introducing quality office and architectural lighting meeting current lighting standards (the BCO Lighting guide) was only part of the story. The design brief was driven by a subtle interplay of the original Victorian building and the contemporary design of the new mixed development scheme. The design objective was to create a contemporary workspace with understated features like white wall lighting on white painted brickworks, high quality finishes throughout, all beautifully connecting the old with the new.

At ground floor level, the new circulation space was created providing access to open office spaces occupying each floor of the building. Thanks to the extensive redevelopment, the new reception area is boasting an impressive 6.4m ceiling height and is flooded in natural daylight. Harnessing the power of the natural light, the artificial lighting in this space has been designed with a minimalist approach. The staircase area is subtly illuminated by Talla Wall Mounted luminaires. With its timeless design and button like- appearance it compliments the white painted brick interior and visually connects to the textile industry heritage of the building.

The reception area is lit by recessed trimless downlights and further enhanced with recessed spot lights equipped with movement sensors.  

In the open plan office space across the entire CAT A scheme, the designer’s favourite Rio Suspended Direct was used as the general office lighting. Rio is the ultimate performance driven linear lighting with a contemporary clean-cut design, creating beautiful lines of light and providing comfortable lighting for the user. The Rio linear profiles were specified in several standard sizes and equipped with a micro prismatic diffuser.

In the larger offices, Wey Track lighting was used to provide visual features, giving the future tenants an opportunity to break up the space with more informal seating or collaboration areas. In the smaller offices, recessed downlights were used to provide illumination giving the user the freedom to personalise the space with ambience lighting of their own choice.