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The Oxford Martin School project involved the refurbishment and adaptation of Basil Champney’s Old Indian Institute. The Oxford Martin School is interdisciplinary research school where leading academics undertake research into the problems of the 21st century, from climate change to fuel poverty.

Architect Berman Guedes Stretton’s brief asked for the highest quality collaborative working environment and Consulting engineers Hoare Lea Oxford were responsible for the M&E design including the specification of the lighting.

Main lighting element is the Pendant Halo LED luminaire which are installed throughout the entrance area, corridors, pod offices and open plan office areas.

The design had to comply with the Universities Lighting Philosophy document which outlines the design and installation requirements for lighting control and luminaries. For Office areas the criteria calls for 2-3W/m²/100lux depending onwhether recessed or suspended. 

Produced using extruded rolled aluminium the pendant direct/indirect circular LED fittings have a polycarbonate satin opal diffuser and are supplied with a DALI driver in the ceiling rose.

Within the lecture theatre and open plan office areas the linear LED luminaires were installed as continuous profiles finished in an antique bronze colour. This is a high performance slim line linear fitting which can be recessed, surface mounted or pendant, supplied with either an opal or micro-prismatic diffuser and can be manufactured to meet specific lengths. Additional linear Light lines are featured throughout and create striking visuals as you navigate through the building. The result is a high quality installation balancing the existing architecture with a sympathetic design.

Project data

Architecture: Berman Guedes Stretton, London
Lighting design: Hoare Lea, Oxford
Photography: WILA


Special solution pendant (comparable STRONG 80)
Special solution linear (comparable STRONG 55)