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Architectural lighting designer Sutton Vane Associates expands

08 January 2011 10.00 GMT


(UK) - London-based independent lighting design consultancy Sutton Vane Associates is bucking the industry trend by opening a second studio and expanding its design team. Despite recent gloomy forecasts for the architecture engineering and construction sectors, Sutton Vane Associates is growing thanks to winning a series of major projects.

The practice recently opened its new southwest studio in Bournemouth. The move reflects growing demand for its expertise in public realm, museum and exhibition lighting projects and increasing demand in areas such as commercial, leisure and retail lighting across the country. Director Michael Grubb says: ‘Despite the hard times that construction and architecture in general are going through, Sutton Vane Associates is continuing to win important projects both in the UK and abroad, giving us the opportunity to grow.  As well as strengthening our presence in the commercial and retail sectors we will develop this new studio as a centre of excellence in green and energy-saving lighting design.’

Sutton Vane Associates plans to recruit a senior-level lighting designer for its headquarters offices in Hammersmith, London. Practice principal Mark Sutton Vane said: ‘We are looking for an experienced lighting designer to become an integral part of the practice's continuing success. Our existing team has experience in a wide range of disciplines and I feel that this has contributed to our success. We need somebody who is not only creative but who also has strong management and people skills. They will need a passport: we’re on a bit of an export drive.’

Sutton Vane Associates recently appointed Loughborough University graduate Giancarlo Branquinho to its lighting design team. Branquinho spent the third year of his four year Industrial Design and Technology degree course on placement with Sutton Vane Associates and worked on projects that included the relighting of Leighton House in London. He made a welcome return to the team recently and hopes to focus on retail and exhibition lighting. ‘I have always had a strong interest in both these areas and coming into a leading lighting design practice from a product background has made the transition easier while opening up creative opportunities,’ he says.

www.sva.co.uk

 

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