Technology for good at RSA Engage

Mark was invited to speak at the RSA Engage event 'Technology for Good' in London to spark new conversations and discover ideas that are using technology as a powerful source for social change.

The Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing Team at the RSA is exploring how technology is changing the way we live, work, and do business. Rather than being passively shaped by technology, the RSA believes that people can exercise power over tech to better serve us and society.

Mark's pitch 'Out of the dark', described how lighting has the ability to improve lives. Well lit spaces enable communities to feel safer, bring economic advancement, and give pride to the people living in the spaces. 

Light should not just be for the privileged few in wealthy areas; all communities should have access to good and beautiful lighting.

Mark Sutton Vane speaking at RSA Engage 'Technology for Good'.

Mark Sutton Vane speaking at RSA Engage 'Technology for Good'.

Porchester Crematorium

Sutton Vane Associates developed completely bespoke pendants to meet the brief for this Crematorium in Porchester. What appear as clean and simple pendants, in fact have specific lighting elements for up lighting, side lighting, and down lighting the space around them. 

The LED strip around the perimeter wall is installed in another Sutton Vane designed bespoke solution. The up light and down light components can be dimmed independently to completely change the feel of the room. 

William Heath Robinson Lighting

Sutton Vane lighting for the Heath Robinson Museum

“The Trust is hugely impressed with the quality, styling and impact of the lighting from Sutton Vane for the new Heath Robinson Museum. The lighting captures perfectly the approach we had been looking for in a modern museum celebrating the quirky genius of William Heath Robinson’s work. Visitor and media feedback has also reinforced this view. We are also very pleased with the expertise, support and service provided by the Sutton Vane team and would not hesitate to recommend them.” 

Cliff Lichfield, Estates and Finance Manager, Heath Robinson Museum


See the video of this amazing artwork by Martin Richman, illuminated by Sutton Vane Associates.

Designing Lighting for the Historic Interior

Mark conducts a study day at Syon House, taking the audience through centuries of lighting evolution from fire to Roman oil lamps and candles right up to the very latest in LED lights.

Aimed at those involved in the restoration and redecoration of historic houses, this was a valuable introduction to the best way to approach beautiful and efficient lighting, whilst respecting the integrity of the historic home.

The day was hosted by the well informed Historic Decoration team: Caroline Percy, Oliver Gerrish and Zuleika Parkin. Caroline conducted a tour through parts of Syon House with Mark Sutton Vane explaining the existing light sources and demonstrating lighting possibilities. Oliver was also on hand to provide further information.

The day was rounded off by a fabulous tea in the Green Drawing Room at Syon House, with delicious cakes adorned specially with candelabras made by Zuleika.

A visitor to the study day has since remarked “It was a great day all round”.For further study days on the evolution of historic interiors conducted by leading experts at Syon House:


York Minster Revealed

Earlier this year Sutton Vane Associates completed a dramatic new lighting scheme in the West Nave in York Minster. The new scheme is more discrete, energy efficient, and flexible than the previous scheme. The beautiful new light renders the magnificent interior in a whole new light!

Luminaires are located at triforium level to illuminate the Nave, and above the capitals to illuminate the aisles. The mounting details were carefully developed to ensure that the luminaires were concealed from view.

The Minster can take on a whole variety of personalities, with specially programmed lighting scenes for public visiting hours, worship, ceremonies ,concerts and other events.

Sutton Vane lights up local awards

2016 is proving to be a very exciting year for Sutton Vane Associates as we were recently part of the design team for extensive public realm works at Tottenham Green that won the Best Place or Landscaping Scheme award at the 2016 Haringey Design Awards.

The team, acting on behalf of Haringey Council, led by architects Adams & Sutherland, included ourselves, quantity surveyors: Sweett, civil engineers: Civic, M&E engineers: Freeman Beesley, soft landscape designers: JCLA, and contractor Loughman, transformed Tottenham Green, creating a new civic heart. The green space has been improved and pedestrian space extended, creating a setting for new activities, including street markets, whilst also acting as a catalyst for improvements to surrounding buildings.

The award, in part, was down to the stunning lighting effects created on the elaborate historic facades of a number of listed buildings along Town Hall Approach, including the former Tottenham town hall, built in 1904.

The lighting element, in particular, presented a number of challenges. With existing services under the pavements surrounding the site, the Sutton Vane team had to make a series of difficult decisions on where to position the lights in order to avoid cables and other obstacles, while creating a lighting scheme that celebrated the sheer magnificence of the building. The end result was a fantastic visual triumph and secured the award for the design team.   

For more information on the awards, or to take a look at the other winners, please visit the awards site here.