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Wilkinson Eyre shines in UK lighting awards

Lottery projects and Wilkinson Eyre Architects have dominated the 2002 Lighting Design Awards, backed by AJ publisher Emap.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Stirling Prize-winning Magna Centre, both high-profile lottery schemes by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, were among the big-name projects to scoop top prizes in their categories.

The awards, which also commended familiar schemes such as Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones'Somerset House with its lit fountains, Alsop's colourful Peckham Library, Morley Architects'Docklands exhibition centre ExCel, Bennetts Associates'Wessex Water operations centre, and MacCormac Jamieson Prichard's Wellcome Wing at the Science Museum, were presented at an event at the Park Lane Hotel, London.

Chetwood Associates'Sainsbury's Millennium superstore in Greenwich, with a good deal of natural light and a lighting design by Pinniger+Partners, clinched the sustainable projects prize, while the transport award winner was Kensington High Street, with its series of graffiti-proof lighting columns.

But it was Gateshead which clinched the exterior award, Jonathan Speirs & Associates' lighting scheme highlighting the bridge's arch with white light and a 'dynamic'colour wash from bank to bank. The deck's underside is illuminated to reinforce the bridge's structural I-sections and capture reflections from the Tyne.

Peckham Library and Somerset House lost out in the community award to a Sutton Vane Associates-designed lighting scheme for 60 buildings, structures and vessels around Portsmouth Harbour, while Magna - with lighting 'capturing the sense of danger and drama of the site'by Speirs and Major and DHA Design Services - took the retail and leisure gong.

It was a record year for the awards. Some 166 projects and product innovations - the highest ever - were received, with judges describing the quality as 'excellent'.

All the shortlisted projects were individually assessed in site visits by the project judges, who included designers Derek Phillips and Janet Turner; Ray Molony, editor of competition organiser Lighting Equipment News (along with the Institution of Lighting Engineers); and AJ group editorial director Paul Finch.

For the awards in full, see ajplus. co. uk

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