BDP’s Manchester studio won the Lighting for Leisure Category at this year’s Lighting Design Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of the lighting industry, at the London Hilton recently. BDP’s Manchester lighting designers beat off stiff competition to take the top prize for The Point, the new 1,000-seat conference and banqueting venue at Lancashire County Cricket Club.
The judges commented that the project was not only beautifully detailed and realised, but also offered the client a flexible facility that will generate revenue in the future.
Commenting on behalf of The Point, sales manager Peter Ash said:
“We worked very closely with the team from BPD and were delighted to hear of their much deserved win. The Point is an event organiser’s dream with its versatility, high technical specifications and amazing lighting.”
BDP provided exterior lighting to the façade, concourse area and stand, as well as internal lighting to the front of house areas including entrance, event space, bars, circulation areas and facilities.
State-of-the-art low energy LED lighting and controls helps the design intelligently integrate both passive and active environmental thinking to provide a highly energy efficient and sustainable operation. The ability of the lighting design to contribute to The Point’s carbon reduction commitment has set a precedent for all sports venues around the world. The project aims to obtain gold certification from the Green Business Tourism Scheme.
Brendan Keely, Associate Lighting Designer at BDP’s Manchester studio, said:
“Lighting within the leisure sector is very challenging as you are tasked with creating a stunning visual effect and yet need to be as sustainable and energy efficient as possible. The lighting scheme for The Point is a great example of how this can be achieved, and I’m thrilled that the lighting industry has recognised BDP’s achievement with this very prestigious award.”
BDP’s Manchester studio was also architect, interior designer and acoustic consultant for the building which was completed in June 2010, hosting England’s one-day international match against Australia as its first major cricket event.