How do I prepare a lighting specification for an international roll-out programme?

How do I prepare a lighting specification for an international roll-out programme?

Our high streets are changing, and this is happening all around the world. The change is being driven by adventurous retailers, their outlets being of all and any size, wishing to create a common visual appearance and a common customer experience from the streets of New York to the streets of Mumbai. If you walk into a store you can feel The Brand. Driven by Brand Managers and Marketers, it falls to the Design team to create a global identity, capable of overcoming the challenges of making the approved design ‘fit’ into physical space all over the world.  

How do I protect my design specification?

 How do I protect my design specification?

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you have produced a lighting specification it will be at risk from the time that it leaves your desk. Sometimes it’s the contractor trying to earn a bit more money by attempting a ‘like-for-like’ swap and hoping that no one notices. But, it can also be a cultural issue that goes as far as the client’s desk, where everyone assumes that everyone else is trying to pull a fast one. Here are some of the processes that can be put in place to help protect the design specification once it becomes part of the contract documentation and is outside of the specifier’s control.

How do I best control the budgets for my hotel projects?

How do I best control the budgets for my hotel projects?

​A good designer will always have one eye on the prospect of a value engineering exercise coming along at the end of their design process, so its best to put a costing strategy in place at the very beginning of the exercise.

How do I find a trustworthy manufacturer?

How do I find a trustworthy manufacturer?

The arrival of the LED has brought with it a whole slew of new companies and individuals with little or no history in the lighting industry. It’s also brought a lot of uncertainty, the lighting conventions that we grew up with have been mostly abandoned and have been replaced with . . . very little. There are no performance standards for LED product and that has left the specifier open to all kinds of deception. So who do we trust?