Situated in Shoreditch, Albert House is a multi-tenanted, fully-serviced office building – one of more than 20 across London operated by The Office Group.
Completed in late 2015, the refurbishment followed a stripped-back design by Ben Adams Architects which reflected the building’s original use as a warehouse dating from the 1930s.
A high-quality lighting solution was required to complement the spacious ‘speakeasy’ design with its exposed concrete pillars and ceilings.
Tight timescales also brought a requirement for a simplified installation process which fitted around ducting and other pipework.
Phi’s bespoke solution
To meet the brief Phi provided a tailored lighting solution using its linear Stria luminaire in a pre-wired, continuous lighting system.
Whilst Stria had been widely-used by The Office Group in many of its other properties, it was the first time that such a solution had been attempted and implemented.
The first stage involved Phi’s team carefully studying the DWG files for Albert House’s floor plans to work out the exact requirements for each room.
They established that seven different lengths of between 1200mm and 2260mm would need to be manufactured.
The resulting configuration involved the longest possible sections being installed in order to minimise any possibility of light leak.
More than 250 suspended fittings, incorporating around 500 luminaires, were produced with a special black power-coating applied to the aluminium profile without any reduction in lumen output.
The installation went extremely smoothly and costs of the bespoke solution were outweighed by a saving of labour costs and time spent wiring the fittings on-site.
Phi Lighting’s managing director Jon Dale said: “Albert House is an excellent example of how our bespoke lighting solutions can have a significant impact”.