David Atkinson of David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) won the coveted ‘Lighting Designer of The Year’ Award at the 2011 Lighting Design Awards for his consistently groundbreaking and varied architectural schemes over the years – many of which have been supplied by A.C. Special Projects.
The event was staged at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London and was attended by over 700 guests including leading lighting designers, specifiers and architects.
Much of David Atkinson’s work has involved A.C. Special Projects in a collaboration that stretches back nearly 10 years.
“Congratulations to David for his achievement in winning the Award, which deservedly recognises him as one of the industry’s finest practitioners,” said A.C. Special Projects’ MD Peter Keiderling. “A.C. Special Projects and David have worked together on many high profile installations, where his innovative and original approach is constantly inspiring, so it’s always a pleasure helping to bring his pioneering lighting schemes to life.”
Joint projects have included lighting the British Music Experience (BME) interactive music exhibition at the O2 Arena in London, which won the 2010 Lighting For Leisure LDA, and the ‘Centre of The Cell’ interactive science education centre in Whitechapel, London, which won the 2010 Low Carbon LDA.
Other project collaborations have included the ‘Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes’ exhibition at the V&A Museum, London; the Eurostar Business Premier Lounge at St Pancras International station; international auctioneers Christie’s London HQ and sales room in King Street, St James, London; Swansea’s spectacular National Waterfront Museum; the Museum of London Docklands and Romsey Abbey in Hampshire.
A.C. Special Projects also sponsored the ‘Special Projects’ category of the 2011 LDAs. Peter Keiderling (pictured left) presented the 2011 Special Projects LDA to the Jason Bruges Studio for their innovative video art installation on Platform 5 at Sunderland railway station, a project commissioned by Nexus.
The Platform 5 installation is a key component in the station’s refurbishment and consists of a 144m long by 3m tall glass block wall concealing a disused platform. Within this is a large low-resolution video matrix (755 x 15 pixels) made up of individually addressable white LED nodes mounted on bespoke metal frames. The content played through this depicts ‘ghostly’ characters that appear behind the glass wall
The Special Projects category of the LDAs covers projects with restrictions like budget, planning or English Heritage listings. ‘Restricted budget’ schemes are defined as those with under £20,000 expenditure on the capital lighting equipment.