Dagenham Civic Centre, London, UK

Public Buildings

Dagenham Civic Centre is a 1930’s Grade II* listed town hall building from the Art Deco period. It is an architecturally beautiful building but as with many old public buildings it became very tired and technically out of date for the 21st century. Around 2005 it underwent a complete refurbishment including all the public areas, offices, committee rooms, debating chamber etc. Gary Campbell, London partner at dpa was commissioned to develop lighting solutions to all areas with leading London architect Hawkins Brown. This commission included refurbishing and reusing many existing listed luminaires and adapting them for modern light sources, increased efficiency, and improved diffusion. The debating chamber was upgraded for modern audio visual requirements and the lighting design was developed to integrate with this. Offices are illuminated with modern energy efficient direct/indirect luminaires. All lighting is controlled through a programmable scene set dimming system.