Beyond 2012 - an integrated Design Story

Lighting design
A built environment story

“The main challenge was working collaboratively across a series of design and construction teams for a very large site.”

Mark Major,
Partner

Tell us about the early design brief

We were lighting design advisors to the Olympic Delivery Authority and helped to evolve the lighting strategy, develop technical lighting standards and support the procurement programme. As well as acting in an advisory way, we also developed design solutions for the external lighting on a number of venues and were the lighting masterplanners and designers for the public realm lighting in the Athletes’ Village.

We also developed a scoping study for the lighting overlay strategy for the time during the Games and provided creative lighting design services for a number of interventions, including Bow West VIP Gateway.

What challenges did you face along the way?

The main challenge was working collaboratively across a series of design and construction teams for a very large site. We needed to work fast and within tight budgets. A lot of design and technical thought also went into devising creative lighting solutions that were energy efficient and minimised environmental impacts, such as light pollution.

How did it feel to be involved in such an important British project?

We were extremely proud to be part of the London 2012; it was great to be part of the team and to be given the opportunity to contribute both our creative thinking and technical experience of working with light in public space in such an important international event.

Agency

Company name
Speirs + Major

Project
Lighting design for the Olympic Park, Athletes’ Village and Bow West VIP Gateway.

Website
speirsandmajor.com

Project team

Mark Major
Partner

Philip Rose
Design Associate

Clementine Rodgers
Senior Designer

Satu Streatfield
Senior Designer

Jessica Zanotto
Project Designer

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