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Astro lights up RIBA award winner

A mixed residential and commercial project which won the RIBA South East Award 2016 features Astro Lighting throughout.

The Cinque Ports Street scheme in the historic town of Rye comprises eight apartments including two penthouses, plus a studio and a detached house, and two commercial units to the street frontage. Jonathan Dunn Architects specified Borgo for the communal stairs, Terra uplights in external paving and Porto Plus external wall lights, while Joel wall lights and pendants can be seen in the apartments.

According to Rob Pollard of Jonathan Dunn Architects, the main challenges were lighting the top floor communal areas and flats with exposed vaulted ceilings. "We combined pendants, wall lights and directional track lighting to give specific task lighting, background/mood lighting and up lighting to light the high exposed ceiling voids. We wanted continuity across the development and between the units so being able to use a wall light and pendant fitting that wasn't too obtrusive but gave a consistent design was very useful."

The site has the remains of the medieval town walls running through it which are protected as an ancient monument. Significant archaeological digs and studies were therefore required to avoid any damage to the remains of the ancient wall.

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