lighting design

Bournemouth Pier Approach

We are delighted to announce that Michael Grubb Studio has been appointed as lighting designers for Bournemouth Pier Approach. Working alongside CEC ltd and MeiLoc, with Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects, Hydrock Engineers, and Ustigate Water Feature Designers to deliver the £3.3M public realm project. The project is currently onsite with completion due in March 2015.

The team was appointed in March 2014 to take forward this prestigious project from conceptual design stages developed by Gillespies and Studio Fractal to detailed design and implementation, working closely with Bournemouth Borough Council, Mouchel and Willmott Dixon.

Proposals for Pier Approach focus on water features and landscaping to reconnect the Lower Gardens with the beach for the first time in over 100 years. The initial lighting concept for the project has been reconceptualised so that it aligns and enhances the new lighting philiosophy for Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens, which was developed by Michael Grubb Studio back in 2013.

The concept celebrates Bournemouth’s history with light, which dates back to 1896 when Empress Eugenie was advised by her physician to visit Bournemouth that was at the time famed as a Health Spa resort. During her stay a groundskeeper took it upon himself to light thousands of tea lights and place them in honey pots throughout the Lower Gardens to enable the Empress to find her way down tothe sea at dusk. The event is still commemorated to this day.

The historic candlelight narrative is at the very heart of the new lighting scheme. Michael Grubb Studio have designed bespoke wooden lighting columns with an internally illuminated lit finial, which will have the ability to colour-change and sequence on special occasions. The default day-to-day colour will be warm (candle) white light. Additional spotlights and gobo-projectors have been incorporated and will be used to celebrate special events and occasions. All of which is remotely controlled by a sophisticated system that will operate all of the lighting through the Lower Gardens and on to Pier Approach.