The prestigious Reform Club is possibly one of London`s most important Grade 1 Listed buildings, situated in the heart of the Capital. In 1836 the club founders commissioned the leading architect of the day Sir Charles Barry to design an `Imposing and Palatial Clubhouse` and in 1841 the club opened in Pall Mall in what is often called London`s Clubland.
From the outset this project was a team effort. A clear Client Vision and Concept was always principal to a successful outcome and technology was to play a secondary role, in being the servant and enabler. The concept was to introduce life back into the Grand Hall, with its galleried landings and wonderful Atrium. The lighting was to be “ The Eyes” through which to enjoy the meticulous conservation by IFACS, of this internationally important Grade 1 listed historic interior, providing a soft warm three dimensional glow bringing artworks and paintings to life.
The success of this project relied upon meticulous Client management offering advice, comment and support throughout every stage. Working closely with the IFACS conservation team we provided the Lighting Design and technical solutions to achieve the Clients vision and concept whilst working closely with English Heritage to secure their support.
In our design, multiple led spot lights were used to cross wash the listed paintings – previously flat and fairly obscure the famous figures of the past are now ready to step out of their frames. Once dark and out of sight, the splendid coffered ceilings, swags and pilaster capitals are now vibrant and alive. The columns are set in relief providing a wonderful overall balanced visual effect to what is in essence a fabulous stage set.
The impressive end result is highly regarded, and with the full support of English Heritage. The Clients Vision and Concept has been achieved through the dedicated work of IFACS and our attention to detailed Lighting Design and together with the Clients support throughout we have introduced a new balanced harmony and vibrancy to the club, which once again has cemented the future of one of London`s most important Grade 1 Listed buildings.