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Shopping Centre Refurbishment Airy Space Escalator Lighting Scheme Nulty

Sailmakers Shopping Centre

Making waves in Ipswich

Retail is a fast-paced game and this 1980s shopping complex was lagging behind for years. But, a total revamp came to the rescue and made way for “Sailmakers”: a smart new shopping hub that’s injected life into the town’s retail core.

The new lighting design solution touches on the area’s rich maritime heritage while offering a user-friendly, welcoming experience that’s low on energy and sustainable. Working with the project architects we kept the lighting clean and simple (hiding fittings where possible) to complement the sleek, streamlined interior architecture.

One of our favourite bits? Some lighting drama (of course!) in the form of a dynamic feature wall that frames the main escalator route – it’s punctuated with tiny LED luminaires that ripple like a wave. A lighting control system means the speed, colour and effect can be changed during the day, depending on the type of atmosphere and mood the operators are after.

When it comes to the exterior, the shopping mall’s two main access points provide prominent new entrances showcasing the new brand name. Each has a large “S” framed by translucent-style sails that are washed with light at night creating bold, modern gateways to the waterfront town’s new retail experience.

Images: © James French


Taking something that was pretty rundown and using light to help transform it into a bright, airy and welcoming environment.

— Ellie Coombs

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Ellie Coombs


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