Ecology & Planning

Sustainable Design Process

Our design development process takes into consideration the impact artificial lighting can have on the surrounding area. We find that by seeking innovative solutions to potential environmental issues, we can inherently incorporate sustainability into the lighting design approach. Thanks to our detailed research, and our experience in the industry, we can ensure the appropriate choice and application of luminaires for any given project – consciously taking cost and energy efficiency into consideration along the way. Read our case studies below to find out more about our sustainable design process.

Right to Darkness
As lighting experts, it might sound odd that we believe in everyone’s right to darkness. But we fully subscribe to the idea that lighting should never be inconsiderate or obtrusive. Our circadian rhythms are naturally designed to need darkness at night to sleep well and feel rested; artificial light at night can have a negative impact on wellbeing. That’s why our designs always consider any potential for obtrusive light and provide alternative solutions.

Right to Light
At the same time, we all also have a Right to Light. Living and working spaces should not have natural daylight deliberately obstructed. Which is why house extensions, for example, will never be allowed to block light to the adjoining property. All our lighting designs take this fully into account, complementing the natural light in a space.

BREEAM / LEED Lighting
We also believe in sustainable development and green buildings. When it comes to lighting, this means efficient lighting offering maximum longevity and minimum CO2 emissions. We make sure our lighting design plays its part in developments achieving the highest possible BREEAM/LEED certification (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - independent assessment programme for ‘green’ buildings).

Lighting Projects for Ecology & Planning

Village Tennis Club

A village tennis club with 3 courts was struggling with previous multiple planning applications for a floodlighting scheme that would meet LTA requirements for club tournaments. SKR reviewed the project as it was located on the edge of a rural […]
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Riverside Restaurant, Richmond

This Riverside Restaurant required help with sensitive exterior lighting to help with a retrospective planning application. SKR Lighting Design consulted with ecologist consultancy Ecology By Design, as well as the planning consultant to survey this sensitive area of river where […]
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Northumberland Private Residence

This six-bedroom detached house was to undergo major rebuilding and refurbishment. As part of the planning application an exterior lighting strategy was required because a previous bat survey had shown both nesting and migratory bats. SKR Lighting Design worked with […]
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Country Hotel

This Five Star country manor hotel, located in the Hampshire countryside is an elegant country house rich in history and set in 35 acres of beautiful gardens. Whilst going through a large refurbishment, there were many ecological elements to consider. […]
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Industrial Unit

Located within the Kent countryside, a former stable is to be transformed into a work and production space for a print company. SKR were brought on board by Ecology Consultants and bat experts Ecology-by-Design to work with the client from […]
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