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Grand Central Shopping Centre, Birmingham

Client Hammerson plc

Location Birmingham, UK

Status December 2020

A challenging brief from the client to enliven the New Street Mall at Grand Central, was met by introducing a dynamic lighting scheme with programmable LED edge lighting realised in two phases.


Phase 1 comprised the first public installation in Europe of the Light Lab’s ‘Spectraglass’ system with programmable LEDs along the top edge of the glass fins; the only other one being in Penn Station, New York.​ Several different colour and pattern themes have been designed by renowned lighting designers Miriam & Tom, including special routines for Christmas and other festivals.​ The project also included new pilasters between the shops, clad in Rimex coloured stainless steel, new blade signage, and seating pods which are proving very popular.


Phase 2 features a three-dimensional light sculpture recalling the structure of DNA as discovered by a Birmingham based team led by Maurice Wilkins. ‘The Helix’ has been shortlisted in the (d)arc lighting awards in the ART: Bespoke category

Team Dhruv Gulabchande Mike Montuschi

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