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Speirs + Major win ‘Design Practice of the Decade’ award

27 March 2012 13.30 GMT

(UK) - “Iconic global lighting design practice” wins top award at UK Lighting Design Awards. Michael Grubb of Sutton Vane Associates wins Lighting Designer of the Year.

More than 700 of the country’s leading lighting designers, manufacturers and architects gathered to celebrate another successful year in the industry at the tenth Lighting Design Awards in London on March 21st.

Big winners on the night included Speirs + Major, who scooped the Design Practice of the Decade Award.

“Speirs + Major is an iconic global lighting design practice that has done exceptional service in promoting the lighting consultancy profession. Speirs + Major are deserving recipients of this award in recognition of all their fantastic projects over the past decade. The practice’s diversity, standard of work and professionalism has done much to raise the profile of lighting design,” commented the judges during their deliberations.

Speirs + Major commented: “Whilst receiving such recognition from our peers it also presents us with a dilemma: how do we meet the challenge of the next decade? We will continue to evolve and strengthen the practice in response to new opportunities and challenges that the future brings. In the meantime our sincere thanks to all those who sent us messages of congratulations and who have supported us over the years.”

It was also a successful night for Cinimod Studio after the practice won both the Special Projects category for its DJ Light installation and the Small Retail Award for the Itsu T5 Butterfly In Flight installation at Heathrow Airport.

Sutton Vane Associates’ director Michael Grubb was named Lighting Designer of the Year in what was a great night for SVA who also won the Exterior Projects category with its scheme for Cathedral Square, Peterborough. It was also highly commended in the Low Carbon category. The judges called him a “thoroughly deserving recipient” of the UK lighting industry’s top accolade and described him as “a diligent, exemplar designer with a fantastic body of work behind him.”
“I was flabbergasted when the Lighting Designer of the Year award was announced,” Grubb said, “but it is not just for me but for the whole team at Sutton Vane Associates who have worked really hard on some fascinating projects, particularly this year.”

Grubb has worked on all aspects of lighting design since 1997. Many of his high-profile schemes, such as the lighting strategy for the park and public realm aspects of the 2012 Olympics, emphasise sustainability.

Ben Cronin, editor of Lighting magazine, reflected upon the changes the lighting industry has undergone in the last ten years and marvelled at the maturity and continued growth in the sector.

“This year, we have had 168 entries in the project categories which we have reduced to a shortlist consisting of 81 projects from 43 different companies. When you add the product entries to this total, we had 234 entries from 105 different companies overall. This tells me that lighting design has matured as a profession, but also that there is an unprecedented level of innovation taking place in manufacturing.”


Full list of winners...

Design Practice of the Decade - Speirs + Major

Lighting Designer of the Year - Michael Grubb, Sutton Vane Associates

Exterior - Cathedral Square, Peterborough, Sutton Vane Associates

Heritage - Worth Abbey Church, East Sussex, dpa

Hotels and Restaurants - W Hotel, London, MBLD

Large Retail - Roca London Gallery, Isometrix Lighting

Small Retail - Itsu T5 Butterfly In Flight, Heathrow Airport, Cinimod Studio

Lighting for Leisure - ESPA Life at Corinthia, London, Lightoing Design International

Low Carbon - PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - 7 More London Development, BDP

Public Buildings - Atmosphere Gallery at the Science Museum, London, DHA Design

Workplace - Bupa Wellness West End, London, Light Bureau

Special Projects - DJ Light, Cinimod Studio

Daylight - The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Arup

International Interiors Project - Columbarium “Liebfrauenkirche”, Dortmund, Germany, Licht Kunst Licht

International Exteriors Project - Broken Light, Rotterdam, Daglicht & Vorm Rudolf Teunissen

External Luminaires - iLuna, iGuzzini

Interior Luminaires - Zest, Nualight

Lighting Controls - BattenFit, Ex-Or

Light Sources - MASTER LED Designer Bulb, Philips


Jonathan Speirs, Keith Bradshaw and Mark Major accept the Design Practice of the Decade Award.
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