A1 Lighting Magazine – September 2022: Pilmour House, St Andrews Links Trust Headquarters, Scotland

We are delighted to share an article published in the latest edition of A1 Lighting Magazine, September 2022, regarding dpa project Pilmour House, St Andrews Links Trust Headquarters, Scotland. Please click here to read this article in full.

Custodians of the seven public golf courses at St. Andrews, including the Old Course, St. Andrews Links Trust, have recently moved into their new headquarters building, Pilmour House. Designed by Nicoll Russell Studios (NRS) and completed in Autumn 2021, the building is now fully occupied and operational. dpa lighting consultants were delighted to be invited by NRS to provide lighting design for the interior, exterior facades, landscape and Gatehouse.

dpa are Recruiting!

Our London, Dubai and Clifton (Oxfordshire) studios are currently recruiting for talented Lighting Designers and Senior Lighting Designers.

Please visit the recruitment section of our website, by clicking here, to find out more about the opportunities available within our team.

Arc Magazine, Issue 129: Boka Place, Porto Montenegro, Montenegro

We are delighted to share an article published in the latest edition of Arc Magazine, issue 129, regarding dpa project Boka Place, Porto Montenegro, Montenegro. Please click here to read this article in full.

This is the first SIRO hotel located in Boka Place, Porto Montenegro. The brand new hospitality brand from Kerzner, SIRO (Strength, Inclusive, Reflection and Original), will offer a wellbeing experience for guests and residents alike, with a 96 key hotel sitting alongside 144 managed residences.  We have been working closely with Atellior on the interior areas, Holder Mathias Architects and Arhi.pro on the external architecture and Gillespies on the landscape design for this exciting development, due for completion at the end of 2023.



Architecture with impact

We are delighted to share an article regarding dpa project Route 2020 Metro Link, Dubai, UAE published in the July/August 2022 edition of A1 Lighting Magazine. Please click here to read this article in full.

Photography courtesy of Phil Handforth Architectural Photography.



Layering Light

dpa Partner, Richard Bolt has recently contributed to an article published in April 2022 by A1 Lighting Magazine on the subject of “Layering Light”. To view this article in full please click here.

Nicholas Belfield becomes Partner of dpa’s London Studio

The Partners of dpa lighting consultants are delighted to announce that Nicholas Belfield, who has been with the Practice since 2006 has become a Partner.  “Nicholas has been an integral part of the Practice’s success, leading numerous projects throughout the world from concept to completion during his time with us. His appointment as Partner reflects the tremendous asset Nicholas is to the Practice and his passion and commitment to lighting design generally. Derek Phillips founded dpa in 1958 and from that time the Practice has striven to develop designers internally; many of our senior team members have been with the Practice for a very long time, starting as inexperienced designers and now leading the business which is something we are very proud of.  Nicholas further illustrates the successful approach we have of developing leaders from within.”  Gary Campbell, Partner & Nick Hoggett, Partner – dpa lighting consultants

Nicholas has worked on a wide variety of prestigious global projects over the years which include:

Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge, London
Smythson Boutique, New Bond Street, London
Cap Vermell, Grand Hotel, Mallorca
Statue of Unity, Gujarat, India
Four Seasons, Bahrain
Royal Clock Tower, Makkah

This is an exciting moment for dpa in its long history. Congratulations to Nicholas!

“It is a proud moment and great honour to have the opportunity to become a Partner at dpa lighting consultants.  During my time at dpa I have had the pleasure to work on many exciting projects around the world with fabulous clients and world class teams. dpa has an unparalleled history within the lighting consultant industry and I look forward to being part of the team driving that success into the future.” Nicholas Belfield, Partner, dpa lighting consultants

Photography – Project Images:

  1. Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, London – Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental
  2. Smythson Boutique, New Bond Street, London – Rory Gardiner
  3. Cap Vermell, Grand Hotel, Mallorca – Courtesy of Cap Vermell Investments Group
  4. Statue of Unity, Gujarat, India – Courtesy of R. Jegan
  5. Four Seasons, Bahrain – Waleed Alabbas
  6. Royal Clock Tower, Makkah – Courtesy of Fairmont

The Old War Office, London

We have pleasure sharing the visual below of the magnificent Old War Office building on Whitehall, as well as a film produced by groundworks contractor Toureen. Both demonstrate the impressive scale and intricate detail of this Grade II* listed building which is being repurposed as a flagship 120-bedroom Raffles Hotel along with 85 Branded Residences, 11 Restaurants and Bars, and other extensive amenities launching as The OWO this winter.

We have been working alongside our client Westminster Development Services, architects EPR, interior designers The Office of Thierry Despont from New York (appointed for the hotel design), and London-based Goddard Littlefair for the hotel spa. Interior designers 1508 London designed the interiors for the residential public areas and the interior base finish for the residences. In addition, we have worked with Aecom, who were responsible for the building services. The Main Contractor is Ardmore and Toureen as specialist contractor.

The final images show the recently finished lighting trials that dpa completed during the design period. These tested the exterior lighting design ideas and techniques over several nights, with the help of abseilers, to fine-tune the lighting locations with the guidance of dpa’s design team. We are very much looking forward to realising the entire lit façade when the project completes this winter.

Client: Westminster Development Services
Architect: EPR
Interior Designers: The Office of Thierry Despont; Goddard Littlefair; 1508 London
Building Services: Aecom
Main Contractors: Ardmore
Specialist Contractor: Toureen
CGI: Commissioned by WDS
Video: Courtesy of Toureen


The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Ilma


The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection – Ilma

dpa lighting consultants are currently developing the lighting design for Ilma, the newly announced  superyacht by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.  The newbuild, which will set sail in 2024, forms part of an expansion of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection with their first vessel, Evrima, set to launch this summer and Luminara to follow in 2025.  The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will take the exceptional guest service and design excellence, that The Ritz-Carlton is known for, to the seas, featuring multiple restaurants and bars, a marina terrace and mezzanine, Ritz-Carlton Spa, Ritz Kids space, and an expanded bow.

As with all projects, close collaboration is paramount and the strength of our relationships with The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, AD Associates and Chantiers de l’Atlantique are proving immensely important in this very exciting venture.

One of the main challenges for the team is to provide innovative solutions at the design stage, knowing that the launch of the ship is years ahead, in a competitive market. Therefore, we strive to provide original lighting ideas and detailing, in close coordination with AD Associates, that will help define The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection as a leader in superyacht design and the luxury cruising sector.

Minimising energy use and impact on the environment is a high priority for all clients, particularly in the cruise industry.  As well as designing efficiency into the lighting scheme through the use of low energy light sources, an architectural lighting control system will be used throughout the public areas.  The lighting scene setting will be programmed to ensure each of the spaces onboard Ilma appear at their most elegant day and night.  Time clock controlled lighting adjustments linked to the ship’s clock will provide imperceptible changes to the scenes throughout the day and into the evening, ensuring energy use is minimised autonomously.  Further, all 228 suites will feature a pre-programmed lighting control system, linked with other room services, to deliver an intuitive and comfortable guest experience at all times of day.

Client: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection 
Interior Architect: AD Associates
Shipyard: Chantiers de l’Atlantique
Exterior Renderings: Aivan