Designs for Lighting (DfL) is an award winning specialist consultancy, with our Head Office in Winchester (Hampshire), and regional offices in the North East and North West, covering Scotland and the North of England.
'Our vision is to create both innovative and practical lighting design solutions for our clients, which are second to none - nurturing the best talents in specialist lighting design, backed up by a reliable and cost effective service'.
Our projects include lighting design for capital works, Invest to Save projects, Light Impact Assessments, asset management and planning and environmental advice. Clients include local government, multi-disciplinary consultancies, contractors, developers, architects, landscape architects and planning and environmental consultants.
DfL maintain strong links with industry and professional bodies through membership of the Highway Electrical Association (HEA) and are corporate group members of the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP). We work to shape the future direction and to advise on the latest trends within lighting. We are represented on ILP, BSI and CEN Technical Committees. DfL are privately owned and independent of any other company.
DfL have been involved in a number of awards in recent years…
LGN Street Design
2007 Waterlooville - Runners up
2010 Kettering Market Place - Winner
2011 Grayshot Square - Runners up
Lighting Design Awards
2011 Grayshot Square - Highly Commended 2019 'Good Lighting' Award from Commission for Dark Skies
Ready Steady Light
2006 Winner of Technical prize
British Parking Awards
2011 Winner of The Environment Awards
Alistair joined DfL in February 2005 as Managing Director. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and corporate governance. He also oversees staff development and training and encourages staff membership of professional bodies like ILP and HEA. He enjoys the variety of the role and discussing lighting strategy and providing technical advice, whilst at the same time encouraging people to look at problems from a different perspective.
He also loves working on Light Impact Assessments (LIA's) and advising on minimising obtrusive light. Some key projects he’s been involved in include the LIA at London Gateway and the Lighting Strategy for the Pacific Island of Vanuatu which involved some very enjoyable site visits!
Another rewarding project was supporting Gloucestershire County Council with technical advice for the Invest to Save LED upgrade project
During his career to date Alistair has had the honour of being President of the ILP, and really enjoyed the strategic role within that organisation which culminated in the presidency. He was also awarded the ‘Service to Industry Award’ from the HEA in 2013.
Alistair’s personal approach to lighting design:
‘My philosophy is all about improving the quality of light for any application, particularly in both minimising glare and obtrusive light. I’m committed to working with organisations to create strategies which are both practical and sustainable.’
Outside of work he enjoys living near the coast:
‘We moved to live near the coast to spend more time in, on or next to the water. This involves activities like sailing, paddle boarding, walking and cycling.
I also love eating out, a favourite of mine being Rick Stein’s at Poole, with its amazing seafood and views over the harbour.’
Andrew joined DfL in October 2006 as Technical Director. His main role involves looking after the Design Team, nurturing their technical abilities and providing training, guidance or advice where required. From a customer perspective he is responsible for the on-time delivery of projects, quality control and overall customer satisfaction and is also responsible for all procedures that affect the design process.
Andrew’s personal approach to Lighting Design:
‘Before starting any project, I strongly believe in discussing the details with clients at the earliest opportunity, avoiding any assumptions or misconceptions and keeping them involved in the process. This ensures that the end product fulfills the client’s expectations, whilst being efficient and sustainable.’
Outside of work Andrew is a keen spectator of, and participator in, motorsports.
Richard joined DfL in January 2013 as Project Manager and Business Development Director. He looks after new business coming into the company and works with clients to help them understand what they need from their project and how DfL can maximise the return on investment of their project. This ranges from a small S278 lighting design where the requirement is to ensure the design is the most cost effective with the least disruption through to large 'invest to save' schemes where DfL ensure that clients maximise savings and have excellent payback periods.
Some great examples of this are the Kent County Council LED upgrade where DfL delivered, on time, budget and with additional energy savings, one of the most ambitious Street Lighting Projects the UK has ever seen.
As he is often working with clients to shape the needs of their project, he wants to ensure he can demonstrate the added value DfL brings to them and he’s really passionate about helping clients meet their aims and aspirations.
Richard’s personal approach to lighting design:
‘For me, when looking at lighting design I always like to bring the buildability approach to schemes. Having worked “on the Tools” and worked my way up, I am always keen to promote a pragmatic design that considers installation, maintenance and even end of life replacement/decommissioning.‘
Outside of work Richard enjoys running:
‘Be it running around after the kids, or running in general, with a young family I enjoy the time I get with them at evenings and weekends. I love running, as it is time I get to myself and I can review my day and plan the day ahead. I'm always keen for a challenge and can be found running the odd half marathon or Park run on a Saturday morning.’
Alex joined DfL in March 2008 as Senior Lighting Designer. He has almost 15 years experience in the lighting industry and has worked on projects of all sizes from small residential schemes to major roads and town centres. A favourite project was the architectural lighting design for Kettering Market Place.
Alex’s personal approach to lighting design:
‘I enjoy architectural lighting projects and designing lighting of a space or building can give it a real atmosphere and make it come alive.’
Outside of work Alex enjoys spending time with his family. He has researched his family history in depth over the last 7 years and has recently met cousins from the US and Canada for the first time. He has also recently started running and has a current Personal Best time over 5 km of 23:41 minutes and is training for his first half marathon later in the year.
Sylvia joined DfL in February 2012 as Senior CAD Technician. To quote her words ‘I take our highly talented Engineers’ scribbles and splodges and transform them into beautiful drawings. I also provide a mentoring and training service to our design team to help solve all their CAD problems.'
Sylvia’s personal approach to lighting design:
‘I’m just very good at drawing lamp posts! I take a personal pride in creating drawings which are consistent in approach and quality and which are easily understood by the recipients. I ensure that all drawings which leave DfL meet our quality requirements irrespective of who has drawn them.’
Sylvia is also the company BIM expert and clients regularly seek her expertise.
Sylvia has varied interests out of the workplace:
'I am green fingered and enjoy spending time creating my beautiful garden'.
Following a career within lighting manufacturing, John joined DfL in February 2010 as a Project Manager.
'I bring to DfL over 35 years' experience in most areas of exterior lighting, with a focus and passion for road tunnel lighting. So much so, that I sit on the BSI committee responsible for tunnel lighting standards for the UK, and have represented the UK for tunnel lighting on CEN and CIE standards groups. Among the many UK and International road tunnel projects I have been involved with over the years, Sodra Lanken was one of the most challenging projects undertaken, this being a section of the Stockholm ring road at 4.5 km length, with 11 entrances and 16 underground intersections.'
John's personal approach to lighting design:
'In the current business climate, innovation can sometimes be stifled. My approach to projects is to ensure that all avenues are considered in developing suitable solutions, with a solid rationale being employed. Additionally, having a good rapport with all other disciplines in projects is essential, to be aware of the impact of my actions on their tasks as well as their actions on mine. I find this approach bodes well for a smooth delivery of the project, as well as meeting Clients and end users, expectations and values.'
John enjoys a variety of interests outside of work:
'Now semi retired (my wife says I will never fully retire as I enjoy what I do too much), I participate in many outdoor pursuits, including Classic Car events, caravanning, fell walking and clay pigeon shooting and all of these activities provide me with the opportunity to experiment with photography. We are also enjoying the company of a recent addition to the household, Toby, an English Springer Spaniel, who keeps us on our toes most of the time!
John joined DfL in February 2010 as a Lighting Engineer. He has 40 years' experience in the electrical and lighting industry, having gained experience in local authorities and electrical contracting. His work includes Independent Certification on 4 PFI projects and site and electrical surveys.
John particularly enjoys the asset management part of his role. This includes site auditing, inspection and certification of lighting installations, inventory verification and night illuminance measurement for LIA's, TR28s etc. He also gets involved in Highway Electrical cable and volt drop calculations and network design.
John's personal approach to lighting design:
'To see well conceived lighting designs come to fruition with minimal impact on our surrounds and natural environment'.
Outside of work John enjoys various sports:
'I enjoy sitting around watching sport on TV or preferably live, in particular the annual trek up to Twickenham for the Army Navy rugby match! Infrequent fly fishing is also enjoyable.'
Kevin joined DfL in April 2017 as Project Manager/Business Development North. He takes the DfL business strategy and develops the Northern side of the business whilst providing overflow resource to the Winchester office on the design side. Kevin has been working in the lighting industry for thirteen years and his previous experience includes implementing a lighting impact assessment for a new commercial airport in Gabon, North Africa and designing a challenging tunnel lighting scheme at Castle Baynard in the City of London, as a part of the cycle super-highway. He is qualified with a BA in Computer Science and then continued his studies with a foundation degree in Electrical Engineering (FD Eng).
Kevin’s personal approach to lighting design:
‘I believe strongly in contributing to the industry and have volunteered to be part of the ILP journal editorial team, ILP NE committee member and ILP NE technical representative. I was also a past YLP (Young Lighting Professionals) Chairman. I strongly believe in supporting the industry and its future.’
Outside of work Kevin is busy with his family:
‘I enjoy spending time with my daughter Amelia, who is keen on dancing and, for myself, I regularly attend classes at my local gym. I'm also a keen Sunderland football club fan, although this is rather painful these days! I am loyal, however, and will stick out the tough times until we become good again.’
Fran joined DfL in December 2016 as Accounts and Office Administrator.
‘I am the first contact for visitors and telephone callers and deal with all the accounts and general administration in the office. I enjoy dealing with clients and suppliers and being able to assist wherever required. DfL is a friendly company and it is a pleasure to come to work every day.’
Outside of work Fran enjoys various interests:
‘In my spare time I enjoy silversmithing (on a very small scale), fishing, walking, gardening and socialising with friends. I also enjoy watching the England cricket team, and play tennis and squash badly.’
Peter joined DfL in April 2010 as Programme Manager.
Whilst Peter's main role is programme managing the larger projects that the company take on, he also gets involved in lighting design. His background is as a computer programmer and small company administrator, so he has great organisational and data processing skills. He is responsible for all the company IT support and works closely with designers to remove the more tedious aspects of lighting design.
Peter is currently managing the Kent CC and Brent LED replacement projects
Peter’s personal approach to lighting design:
‘To my mind Lighting is for the safety and wellbeing of people but needs to be in harmony with the surrounding environment. Nuisance lighting is a particular bug bear of mine along with the unnecessary use of plastics.’
Outside of work Peter lives to ski and snowboard, and has spent 4 winters in the mountains in the last 12 years. When there isn’t snow around, he’ll be on the water sailing, or busting some tunes on either a Clarinet or Euphonium.
Paul joined DfL in April 2015 as Lighting Design Engineer. He is involved in Lighting and Electrical designs (Highways, Street, Interior, Exterior, Electrical installations, Cable calculations, Passive safe installations and LED replacement programmes).
He is also passionate about health and safety and enjoys designing 'all singing and dancing' spreadsheets. Projects he has worked on include: M25 Junctions 21 to 24 & 26; Cambridgeshire County Council PFI, South Coast PFI (Hampshire, Southampton & West Sussex); Dorset County Council PFI; lighting design for a number of North London Boroughs and Qatar Orbital Highway.
Paul’s personal approach to lighting design:
‘I am a very conscientious lighting designer and I believe strongly in designing out/reducing hazards and risks during the design process. Where this is not possible, I ensure these risks/hazards are highlighted on the schemes drawings and risk assessment.’
Outside of work Paul enjoys cooking and trialling new recipes and dishes. He can sometimes be found, on his kayak, fishing for his supper in Bournemouth Bay.
Aaron joined DfL in August 2012 as Lighting Designer. He has mainly been involved with lighting design for large scale projects including Croydon PFI, Lambeth LED upgrade and currently Kent County Council LED upgrade, as well as designing several smaller scale projects along the way.
Aaron’s personal approach to lighting design:
‘Having been mainly involved in LED upgrade works, my main aim to date has been to reduce the energy output as much as possible, utilising the improved efficiency of LED lighting.
I am always mindful of road users, pedestrians and residents alike, taking factors such as obtrusive light and DDA requirements into consideration at the design stage, ensuring the deliverance of quality designs with the customer’s satisfaction being paramount.’
Outside of work Aaron enjoys cooking:
‘I fancy myself as a keen amateur cook, along with being a massive movie buff. I also enjoy all kinds of music and its very seldom that I'm not plugged in, whether at work, rest or play. I like singing where permitted and play mean ‘desk drums’, much to the annoyance of my colleagues! I like to think I have a creative mind, taking note of the old adage that “everyone has at least one book inside them”, which is something I’d like to look into in the future.’
Filip joined DfL in June 2015 as Lighting Designer. He is involved with lighting design and calculation, CAD drawing, modelling and project management. His favourite part of the job is finding the opportunity to make the design process more efficient by writing some kind of macro/VBA code. Projects he has worked on include the lighting design and management of the Kent LED replacement programme, and light spill modelling for a number of light impact assessments for new developments.
Filip’s personal approach to lighting design:
‘Lighting design should be well thought out, accurate and up-to-date with technology to ensure it will serve its purpose for many years.’
Outside of work Filip enjoys playing volleyball and sightseeing.
Ryan joined DfL in July 2015 as Lighting Designer. He works on light impact assessments to support planning applications and developments, as well as being involved in more architectural lighting design elements. He likes working on creative lighting design like landscape lighting and areas which are more visually appealing, as well as the functional side, and enjoys allowing his artistic side to shine through.
Major projects he has worked on include new developments for end clients such as Jaguar Land Rover, where he has provided the lighting strategy to which the end designer has to adhere, and has completed Lighting Impact Assessments that have assisted with the Client achieving successful planning approval.
He has also been involved in the Lighting Strategy for a luxury hotel resort in Cornwall which was a very innovative process and allowed creative lighting to be fully developed within the design.
Ryan’s recent lighting passion is the redesign of lighting on a LightArt sculpture called New Burlington Flare which was very challenging, both technically and aesthetically.
Ryan’s personal approach to lighting design
‘For me it’s ensuring that light is designed appropriately for the application and where applicable it meets the relevant standard. I believe that lighting needs to be well thought out so that it enhances it's surroundings.’
Outside of work Ryan enjoys spending time with family:
‘I am enjoying my new role as a father to our new daughter, Amelie. My interests include watching motor sport and, when I get the time, go-karting.’
Martyn joined DfL in November 2018.
He enjoys working at DfL as “the people are awesome and the culture is positive, professional and fun.” Martyn also enjoys when colleagues bring in sweet treats to the office, Senior Designer Alex’s homemade cakes are always popular!
Outside of work, Martyn enjoys fixing things and he can often be seen around the office helping colleagues with any IT problems they are having. Martyn also enjoys watching classic Sci-Fi and Horror films, going on walks with his dog and spending time outside gardening. He also likes animals with turtles being one of his favourites!
David started working at DFL in January 2019. His main role is to assist project leaders and project managers with completing sections of designs to relieve some of the workload, although recently he has been given whole projects to complete.
David enjoys the variety that he has within his job role.
“I enjoy the fact that nothing is the same with each design. They can be similar, but what works for one project may not work for another due to the number of variables that need to be taken into consideration.”
Outside of work David spends a lot of time playing, writing and recording music. “I’m a musical nerd.” He also enjoys playing video games, with the occasional adventure thrown in for good measure!
David’s go to quote is “Determination is the key!”
Becca joined DfL in May 2019 as Sales and Marketing Assistant.
Becca’s role is to assist the team in managing both their current bids and ongoing projects and to keep the computer systems updated accordingly. Becca is responsible for our website and social media pages. She also gets tasked with planning and organising events for the company to attend such as the ILP Summit and the HEA Conference.
“I am very excited to be able to help the team spread the message of how brilliant everyone is here at Designs for Lighting.”
Becca is currently studying for a degree in Business and Management and is looking forward to bringing what she learns into the workplace.
Outside of work Becca enjoys going to the theatre, baking and cheering on her brother at his cycle races.
Jonathon joined DfL in July 2019. His job requires him to assist the project managers and other designers with their projects, this includes the designing and generally making the project managers lives a little easier.
Jonathon said that he enjoys working at DfL as “every day is different and always full of unique problems that require you to think outside the box to fix and because of being in such a positive environment, I push myself even more to become a better designer”.
Outside of work Jonathon plays Rugby at the weekends for his local team. He also enjoys socializing with friends and walking his dog.
Jonathon is always keen for a challenge, “I think goals should never be easy, they should be difficult and make you work, that way, you get a better sense of achievement when completing them”.
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