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15 May 2006

PLASA adds new focus to Lighting Design Awards

Three innovative products, 11 stand-out projects and a UK lighting designer were the outstanding winners at the Lighting Design Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, on 30 March.

PLASA and the PLASA Show played a key role in the evening, thanks to their joint sponsorship of a new Entertainment Lighting Award, designed to give lighting designers across the industry recognition for their creative work. Following a rigorous judging process, the Award went to the Old Man of Storr in Trotternish on the Isle of Skye, which became the centrepiece for an extraordinary night-time event as an average of 200 people nightly took the midnight walk to the spectacular rock pinnacle. The Storr forest, cliffs and corrie provided the backdrop for a subtle and imaginative light and sound installation by Dave Bryant.

In addition to the Old Man of Storr, projects as diverse as the fabulous Hotel Puerta América in Madrid and a funicular railway in North Yorkshire were rewarded in the expanded awards presentation that also saw Gary Campbell recognised as the Awards' first Lighting Designer of the Year.

Other Winning Projects

Peterborough Cathedral, which dates to 1118, won the Heritage Lighting award for a scheme, designed by Lightmatters, that mixes metal halide and tungsten halogen lamps to retain a consistent colour appearance on the stone work, while achieving optimum energy efficiency. Roof uplighting - using metal halide sources - reveals the clerestory arches and narrow, linear beams of light highlight the columns throughout the interior. This combination enabled dimmable lighting to be used for service lighting and low energy lighting at other times.

The Flavin-esque Bough 1, at the Oxo Tower Wharf won the Special Projects award. A seasonal decoration created to attract shoppers to the Tower's craft and design retail stores in the run-up to the new year, the installation by Simon Corder is inspired by the idea of a bough, "like a broken branch from a fir tree, flaming".

Dagenham Civic Centre - an Art Deco-style listed building in East London - won the Public Buildings category for a concept by Lighting Designer of the Year Gary Campbell of Campbell Design Lighting Consultants. New specifications for old fittings, linear cold cathode, reintroduced pendant luminaires and decorative table and floor standing lamps all contribute to this amazing scheme.

The Workplace category winner was BP's new Canada Square facility - a 240,000-sq.ft office over six floors with a high specification that sets new standards for trading facilities and has become the current benchmark for BP. The facility, installed by MEIT Associates, has used new luminaire technology, especially developed for the project, pushing the boundaries of the present lighting guidelines.

The Mini showroom on Park Lane was the Retail winner. The lighting design, by dpa Lighting Consultants, emphasises the fun and quirky interior of the BMW Group's Mini flagship showroom, echoing the Italian Job film. Discreet, adjustable discharge downlights are arranged in a neat configuration to give flexibility for the ever-changing car displays and colour filters have been used to further enhance the Mini identity.

A private residence in London SW3, transformed by John Cullen Lighting into a stunning contemporary home and a dramatic showcase for entertaining, won the Residential award. Layering low voltage, mains voltage and fibre optic light sources allowed the lighting to provide the background atmosphere while respecting the traditional architectural layout in a project which the judges described as "classic residential lighting which complements the architecture".

Lighting at the new south promenade in Blackpool created not just a new icon for the Blackpool Illuminations, but the Exterior Lighting winner. The Mirror Ball, installed by Blackpool Illuminations, was seen as the perfect canvas for a lighting show that includes lighting directly on to the ball, wandering onto the arena surrounding it with colour changes, effects and gobos phased in and out.

Private members' club Fifty scooped the Lighting for Leisure award, with very different lighting approaches by Lighting Design International, for its different areas. The gaming floor was particularly challenging, with over-sized pendants above the tables plus glare-free play and even lighting for the CCTV monitors required. The pendants incorporate downlighters, ambient lighting and cameras.

The funicular railway cliff lift at Saltburn-by-Sea was judged the best Transport entry. This scheme was asked to express the pier funicular cliff lift and associated buildings in a connected way. Lighting Design and Consultancy's design for the cliff lift is lit as a silhouette against a brighter background and the funicular as a bright feature against dark cliffs, with a blue light to illuminate the track as a visual reference to the water that drives the lift power mechanism.

Madrid's Hotel Puerta América won the International prize for a lighting design that became integral to this design-led hotel, where spaces became full lighting sculptures, such as Chipperfield's infinity tunnel, Zaha Hadid's folded liquid rooms and Nouvel's entire light box ceilings. Isometrix Lighting & Design were responsible for the award-winning scheme.

Innovation Winners

The Interior Luminaires winner was the UM1 Meso Optic from Etap Lighting. Developed for use with its UM series of luminaires, at the heart of the Meso Optic is a holographically-generated optical film which is just 5nm thick. The film is bonded to either a polycarbonate or pmma substrate for mechanical strength and the combined efficiency of the film and substrate is 92 per cent.

The Bega 2441 & 2442 vertical surface illuminator from Zumtobel Staff Lighting won the Exterior Luminaires award for wall-mounted washer luminaires designed to project light across large wall surfaces. A three-way optical system allows designers to use focused illumination or diffuse light to dramatic effect without having to utilise light sources located at a distance from the structure or pole-mounted equipment.

CosmoPolis from Philips Lighting generates a warm white light with high energy efficacy, combined with miniaturisation and optical performance for outdoor lighting and won the Light Sources and Control Gear award. Philips has given the product its 'Green Flagship' status because of the equipment's energy efficiency, long lamp life, and low weight/size plus low use of hazardous materials.

Categories and sponsors with finalists

Interior Luminaires - Microlights

The UM1 Meso Optic from Etap Lighting

The FLAMEGUARD downlighters with integral fire protection from Scolmore International

Clean from Zumtobel Staff Lighting

ZumtobelStaff Solar II

Light Sources and Control Gear - iLight

The CosmoPolis, from Philips Lighting

The EUTRAC DALI from Se'lux Lighting

The Ventronic from Venture Lighting Europe Ltd

External Luminaires - Lamp Lighting

The Focal Point Internally Illuminated Retro Reflective Sign from Chromaticia Ltd

The Motis Blade Lantern from Woodhouse

The Vertical Surface Illuminator from Zumtobel Staff Lighting

Public Buildings - Trilux

National Gallery East Wing Project by BDP Lighting

The New Lighting Design of Dagenham Civic Centre by Campbell Design Lighting Consultants

Turner, Whistler, Monet Exhibition at Tate Britain by LAPD Consultants Ltd

Lighting for Leisure - Lutron

Fifty, London by Lighting Design International

The Prince of Wales Theatre by Lightmattters

Blackpool Zoo Dinosaur Safari by Sutton Vane Associates

Transport Lighting - Holophane

The Mersey Wave by Art2architecture London Ltd

Sean O'Casey Pedestrian Swing Bridge, River Liffey Dublin by Concord Marlin and ECI Lighting Design

Saltburn's Lighting Our Culture, Listed Grade ll Funicular Cliff Lift by Lighting Design & Consultancy Ltd

Exterior Lighting - Philips

Mirror Ball Lighting Installation by Blackpool Illuminations

Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters, Edinburgh by Kevan Shaw Lighting Design

10 Exchange Square, Broadgate, London by Maurice Brill Lighting Design

Workplace Lighting - Wila

Euro Packaging by Elektra Lighting Ltd

Parker Green Company Offices - Drumalane Mill by Maurice Brill Lighting Design

BP - 20 Canada Square by MEIT Associates

Retail Lighting - Reggiani

Selfridges, Oxford Street, London - New Personal Shopping Area by Campbell Design Lighting Consultants

BMW Park Lane, Mini Showroom, London, by dpa Lighting Consultants

Harrods Fine Jewellery Room by Light Tecnica Ltd

Heritage Lighting - Dynalite

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin by John Bullock Lighting Design

The Long Room and Pitch at Lord's Cricket Ground by Lighting Design International

Peterborough Cathedral by Lightmattters

Special Projects - Fitzgerald Lighing

The Almshouses, Princesshay, Exeter by BDP Lighting

The Battle of Britain Monument by Donald Install Associates and Lightmattters

Bough 1 by Simon Corder

Residential Lighting - Ansorg

Living room & courtyard lighting scheme, Homer Street, London, W1 by CSG Lighting Consulting

Private House, Studland, Dorset by John Bullock Lighting Design

London House SW3, by John Cullen Lighting

International - Oldham Lighting

The Galleria West Shopping Mall, Seoul, South Korea, by Arup Lighting

Nasher Sculpture Center, Florence Lam by Arup Lighting

Hotel Puerta América, Madrid by Isometrix Lighting +Design

Copenhagen Opera House by Speirs & Major Associates

Entertainment Lighting - PLASA

NVA - The Storr - Unfolding Landscapes by Dave Bryant

Fatboy Slim 2005/2006 by Renegade Lighting and Plastic Reality Video

Kylie "Showgirl" Greatest Hits Tour 2005 by Vince Foster

Designer of the Year - DW Windsor

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.