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Astley supported Brims Construction with the design and production of this very unique, bespoke light feature for historic Neville Hall, a Grade II listed building in Newcastle.

Also known as The Mining Institute within the local area (but re-opening as The Common Room) our design team set about creating an installation that encapsulated the history of the area. The feature lighting was to hang over 3 floors of the building and needed to be a ‘statement piece’ that impressed visitors.

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A concept to use imitation / faux gas lamps was drafted up and presented to the client, using initial drawings to demonstrate the construction of each lamp and how they would carefully be positioned across the 3 floors in an elegant suspended display. On approval, each lamp was carefully crafted from acrylic and sprayed in bronze paint, to appear to be identical to the old style lamps that would have been used in the mines. Electrics had to be concealed within each hanging ‘thread’, and the ‘warm’ LED bulbs were used to mimic the glow of candles.

Re-opening as The Common Room in February 2021, this building’s central lighting piece is now admired by visitors and workers.

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