City property is leading light after awards win

The Spectrum building, one of Glasgow’s most recognisable office properties, has won a prestigious award for its innovative lighting.

Distinctive for its stainless steel covering, it was recently the subject of a £1.3m refurbishment project by Orchard Street Investment Management. Edinburgh company Kevan Shaw Lighting Design were responsible for the project’s illumination, and won the Workplace Lighting prize at the 2013 Lighting Design Awards in March.

The company was praised for helping to create “minimal, linear, clean and bright spaces” and a strengthened street presence for the property, at 55 Blythswood Street. Kevan Shaw Lighting Design was commissioned to work with Michael Laird Architects on the project, which included updating interiors and installing an array of LED light boxes on the façade.

Situated in a prime city centre location with direct motorway access, the first and fourth floors of the Spectrum building are currently available for lease. Mike Buchan, Office Agency Director at letting agent Jones Lang LaSalle, said: “The Spectrum building is one which has always stood out on the Glasgow skyline. The work by Kevan Shaw Lighting Design, alongside the project team, has transformed the appearance of the building both internally and externally.  The lighting solution has played an integral part in the design solution for the common area refurbishment.”

Andrew Jenkins, Investment Manager at Orchard Street Investment Management, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the work at Spectrum. The innovative ideas have added significant value to the refurbishment of the building, and made sure it retains its prominence in that part of the city centre.”

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