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Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth, Great Britain

  • project Gunwharf Quays Designer Outlet
  • landscape architect HGP architects
  • design West 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture
  • photographer Tom Niven, Amphitype
  • Representation Selux UK

Gun­w­harf Quays is one of the lar­gest desig­ner outlet cen­tres in the south of Eng­land and is loca­ted in the heart of Ports­mouth, right by the har­bour. As well as over 90 stores and more than 30 res­tau­rants, it also houses a cinema com­plex, a bow­ling alley and an art gal­lery. The his­to­ric sur­roun­dings of the har­bour, inclu­ding the Nati­o­nal Museum of the Royal Navy, also make it centre a popu­lar des­ti­na­tion for tou­rists. This bust­ling loca­tion was recently fitted with accent ligh­ting using Olivio Sis­tema lumi­nai­res.

Ports­mouth is famous for its mari­time his­tory – Richard I built a dock here for royal gal­leys as far back as the 12th cen­tury. Around 1500, it became the site of Portsmouth’s defence works and, in the 17th cen­tury, Gun­w­harf was used for the main arsenal. In 1923 the site was taken over by the Royal Mari­nes, for whom it served as a base until 1986. After the Royal Mari­nes left, it was taken over by Ports­mouth City Coun­cil, who deci­ded to use it to enhance the attrac­ti­ve­ness of the city, the­reby incre­a­sing the number of visi­tors. The goal was to moder­nise the city centre and open up the sea front to the public, cre­a­ting jobs in the pro­cess.

During the con­struc­tion of the centre, which was plan­ned by HGP archi­tects, new ben­ch­marks were set for eco­logy. Gun­w­harf Quays is powe­red by one of the lar­gest solar cells surface areas in Europe and has its own recy­cling centre. For illu­mi­na­tion of the foot­pa­ths and the spa­cious squa­res around the shop­ping centre, the ligh­ting plan­ners at BDP have chosen Olivio Medio lumi­nai­res. Using Sis­tema 1 arms, seve­ral Olivio Medio lumi­nai­res have been arran­ged around tape­red steel poles at angles of bet­ween 0° and 360° ensu­ring opti­mal light dis­tri­bu­tion at this popu­lar loca­tion.

  • The distinctive Olivio family is a modern, striking, multifunctional urban lighting system, available in three different sizes with interchangeable reflectors for street and accent lighting applications. This flexible lighting system can be equipped with optical accessories such as honeycomb and ring louvres, coloured and elongation lenses offering further effects and control. Olivio Sistema, Candelabra and Floracion poles and brackets provide total freedom of design and flexible planning.
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