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RIBA Stirling Prize winner lit by Speirs and Major Associates

21 October 2009 12.00 BST

(UK) - For the fifth time in nine years, lighting consultant Speirs and Major Associates has been involved in the winning Stirling Prize project, which for 2009 is Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre at London’s Charing Cross Hospital by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Maggie’s Centres, run on a charitable basis, offer information, counselling and support for cancer sufferers.

“Maggie’s is particularly special to us given the role of the charity and the support they provide. It is an exquisite building and we are proud to have worked on it,” said Mark Major, director of Speirs and Major Associates’ London office, which designed the interior and exterior lighting for the project. “We would like to think that, through creating the right atmosphere and image after dark, the lighting has also made some contribution to the overall success of the project and to the enjoyment of those who use the building.”

The aim of the low budget lighting scheme was simplicity – a lot of the work is carried out by volunteers so complicated controls were avoided – and to create a comfortable, domestic-style ambience. High-quality Louis Poulsen fittings were used throughout, with additional linear up/downlighting in the first-floor administration areas providing both task lighting and a glow to the elegant floating roof. The building is very sustainable with extensive use of natural daylight and low energy sources.

Speirs and Major Associates was also responsible for lighting a second Stirling Prize shortlisted project this year, London office building Aldermanbury Square by Eric Parry Architects


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