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Park Lane Refurbishment, Meadowhall

Facts

Location Client Cost Completion
Sheffield, UK British Land £3m 2015

Project details

Meadowhall, one of only six super-regional shopping centres in the UK, houses 1.4 million sq ft of prime retail and leisure space on the site of a former steelworks and attracts over 25 million shoppers a year. 

In conjunction with The Harris Partnership, who provided the interior design, BDP Lighting redesigned the feature and functional lighting elements to create an enhanced retail environment for both the retailers and customers.

Early in the design process it was identified that the key issue with the existing lighting was the lack of hierarchy and contrast; each surface was cluttered and competed for attention which resulted in a visually incoherent space.

One of the most striking features are the eight chandelier sculptures which have been installed along the mall with another at the upper level mall entrance. Illuminated by precise narrow beam LED luminaire light projectors, each installation ‘rains’ down from the glazed roof. From a distance they appear as intricately detailed lighting blocks and from close up they look like spiralling, falling leaves.

The roof structure is uplit via continuous RGBW luminaires, providing a fully programmable and flexible backdrop running along the entire length of the mall and onto the two main domes at each end of the mall.

Brief

  • to provide a refurbished lighting scheme for the Park Lane Mall which provided both ambient and feature lighting
  • the Mall was perceived as being under-lit and lacked accent, sparkle and contrast
  • a feature was required to connect upper and lower shopping areas 
  • a dramatic lighting sculpture to deliver a ‘wow’ factor

Results

  • the new lighting scheme introduces a considered hierarchy of light, from the low level pilaster luminaire up through the chandeliers to the lit roof structure
  • elements of contrast and sparkle have been added to create a more visually interesting and inspiring space
  • for the chandeliers, more than 10,000 pieces of polished stainless steel, clear acrylic and frosted acrylic were suspended on ultra-thin wires which were further enhanced by 20,000 clear crystals. Each chandelier was then lit with cool white light from LED projector luminaires integrated into the mirrored suspension rafts above
  • the chandeliers have been shortlisted for the Best Decorative Lighting Installation at the Darc Awards 2015

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