Sutton Vane Associates has been shortlisted for a record five 2012 Lighting Design Awards including Design Practice of the Decade. The practice’s shortlisted projects also include Cathedral Square, Peterboroughand Street Scene, Letchworth Garden City in the exterior lighting category; the National Museum of Ireland Treasury, Dublin in under International Project (Interiors) and the A11 Underpass, Lee Valley in the Low Carbon category.
Practice principal Mark Sutton Vane said: “Being shortlisted for five Lighting Design Awards is a fantastic tribute to the strength and range of skills of the team at Sutton Vane Associates which continues to expand despite the current economic uncertainty. If there is a theme to these nominations it is that they are all for schemes that emphasis early involvement by the whole design team and sustainability.’
The lighting schemes at Cathedral Square, Peterborough and Letchworth are both the result of early collaboration between the lighting consultant, the local authority and local businesses that has helped transform key heritage areas, restoring them as destinations and building a night-time economy.
The National Museum of Ireland also chose to work with Sutton Vane Associates from the inception of its project to redisplay its world-famous collection of masterpieces from Celtic and Early Christian Ireland. The project is another heritage related project that is an example of early and close collaboration between client, architect and lighting designer. It has resulted in greater visibility and emphasis on the museum’s treasures and architecture as well as energy savings.
In the Low Carbon category, an LED lighting scheme is helping to revitalise the Lea Navigation, a continuous riverside route stretching from the River Thames to Hertford using LEDs to create a safe, inviting environment.
The winners of the 2012 Lighting Design Awards will be announced at the London Hilton on 21 March 2012. Sutton Vane Associates won a 2011 Lighting Design Award for its scheme at Leighton House In London.