Student accommodation needs to be practical and hardwearing but above all, inspiring. The refurbishment at Lilian Knowles House clearly shows that when an Interior Designer and a Lighting Designer work closely together the results can be impressive!

This space had been used to the full by previous students and the décor was looking tired; however the lighting wasn’t really helping and Sanctuary Housing wanted to ensure the next residents felt at home. With a great colour scheme, revised layout and a totally new theme designed by Diana Celella of The Drawing Room Interiors, we had to come up with some luminaires that gave a commercial quality performance and be sympathetic to the residential look to provide the main light source; these were complimented with some softer aesthetics from thick glass pendants.

The main lighting ceiling points were fixed and could not be moved so this had to be reflected in the room layout and the luminaires chosen to light the space for a multitude of uses. By choosing luminaires with bus wire dimming, a variety of colour temperatures and a choice of any RAL finish for the casing we were able to deliver it all and well within budget. The dimming controls work perfectly when watching TV or when the ceiling mounted projector is activated and the white screen is lowered – student living standards have certainly improved as a result of this project. We hope we have helped to provide an environment to inspire our next generation; they are our future and we need them to be successful and also become an inspiration to those that follow!

  • Client: Sanctuary Housing
  • Date: September, 2017
  • Skills: Student Living, Student Accommodation, Lighting Design, Bespoke Lighting, Pendant Lighting

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