ICEPS: Lighting for the University of Leeds
In 2017, the University of Leeds announced the construction of a new integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences. In early 2021, the Sir William Henry Bragg Building was completed.
It’s a phenomenal new facility for the campus. The building spans 15,700m2 and houses the faculties of Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Computing, along with teaching and social interaction spaces.
We were approached by BAM Construction to support them in delivering a series of concept luminaires as part of the lighting scheme designed by Arup. The project contained elements including the bespoke design and manufacture of luminaires, and the installation of smart control systems.
Back where it all began for one of our product designers
Our factory in Leeds and we were able to visit the site regularly to assist. Working on a building close to home always feels more exciting, particularly as the team involved get the chance to see their completed work.
The project was made more special by the fact that one of our product designers, Matthew Dovener, completed his studies at the University of Leeds. Matthew had this to say:
“The Engineering department is where I first completed design projects, and I learned and discovered my design process while studying there. My experience working on this project was challenging and exciting. I was driven by the fact this was an installation in the place I started on this career path.
“There were a few challenges, as we were designing a new system and using new manufacturing techniques. As a team, we learned a lot through the first samples and manufacturing process.
“I’m very pleased with how the products turned out. It was amazing seeing the results and visiting the installation in person is incredible. Even though I’m so familiar with the products on screen and in the workshop, it was very surreal seeing them in situ for the first time.”
Matthew Dovener is a Product Designer at Kemps. You can hear more from him in this article: ‘Beyond aesthetics: Practical insights from a lighting product designer.’
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