Beacons of Light: Giles Radford
What advice would you give to any other Local Authorities/boroughs who are about to embark on the same journey?
Every location is different and has different needs. For the UK, it is important to consider the heritage aspect of our work, but we want to complement this with modern technologies as well as look and feel.
Ultimately, the planning stage is the most crucial. Take time to plan. Working with experts, carefully evaluate the lanterns you want; consider the most appropriate colour temperatures, and controls for the application. Get a strategy together for what you are going to do and how you will achieve it, and get this signed off by all stakeholders.
Most local authorities are under pressure to make energy savings, so they have already ploughed on with their LED replacements. While this offers some benefits, the lack of wider consideration does show in some locations. It comes back to the importance of that planning stage, and what the result might be if it is not conducted properly.
One of the most important decisions we made during the planning stages for the City of London project was to appoint DW Windsor. They have over 40 years of business success and were able to offer huge benefits such as economies of scale on the lanterns. Their involvement undoubtedly helped the project to have that future-proofing element that we wanted.
What are you most passionate about when it comes to lighting?
There are two main areas for me. Firstly, I’m passionate about colour temperature. I didn’t even know about this three or four years ago, but it is arguably one of the most critical aspects of lighting for us.
Secondly is the link to our history and heritage. I’m from Cambridge and I have taken it for granted how lucky we are to have such a rich history here in the UK. London city has a great mix too. Lighting has enabled us to blend and balance between the old and the new.