High street retailers do battle for gongs at Lux Awards

A string of Britain’s leading retailers will do battle to win a prestigious Lux Award at this year’s ceremony in November.

The combative Retail Lighting Project of the Year category will see the Body Studio in Selfridges’ London store (lighting design by Nulty+) compete with near neighbour Fenwick (lighting design by NDYLight). 

A key element of the NDYLight scheme was to provide clean ceilings through the main thoroughfares of the store, with lighting concentrated onto each department zone, leading customers to further explore the store's maze of individual displays.

Working closely with the team at Selfridges and the interior architects, Neri & Hu, Nulty created the iconic department store’s first all LED scheme, complementing the luxurious, feminine and uncluttered aesthetic of the Body Studio.

The Fenwick store on London's New Bond Street. Decorative angle-poise wall lights on the display columns emphasise product displays.

The Waitrose store in London’s newly spruced up King’s Cross with a lighting design by Edge Lighting will also compete in the Retail category. The new shop sits in a converted grade II listed goods shed behind Kings Cross Station.

Because of the nature of the building the lighting had to have a traditional feel to it but at the same time use the latest LED technology.

The interior lighting had to be developed in a way that not only complemented the building structure and period features, but it also had to highlight the produce on sale. The lighting had to comply with the demands of Heritage Architecture whilst at the same time meeting the most recent building regulations in terms of energy in order to achieve a BREAM rating of 'very good'. 

The ceiling layout in the Body Studio was purposely kept uniform throughout, providing a consistent vernacular to the overall space.

Two massive country-wide projects, Wilko’s nationwide LED roll-out spearheaded by Zumtobel and Dextra’s marathon LED rollout for Iceland, will also compete for the laurels in the Retail category.

The Michael Grubb Studio’s lighting scheme for Lush’s flagship store in Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre is an example of great lighting design and energy reduction coming together. 

The Retail line-up is completed by Lush’s flagship store in Manchester’s Arndale Centre, which features a lighting design by the Michael Grubb Studio.  

You can see a full list of those nominated for this year’s Lux Awards by clicking here.

In the summer of 2014 Iceland embarked on a mission to upgrade all their UK stores to LED in a drive to reduce operational costs and reinvigorate their shops for customers.

This year’s awards will be held at a brand new venue, the ballroom at the magnificent InterContinental London - The O2, which can seat 1,000 guests and features state-of-the-art lighting and audio visual equipment.  You can also find out more about the award ceremony in November and how to book a table by clicking here.

As part of an image redesign Wilko reviewed their existing lighting and decided to upgrade all of their store's fixtures to LED.

  • The Lux Awards will be held on the 24th of November 2016 at The InterContinental London - The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula. Tables are on sale now and you can find out more here.