November. 25 2020

FX International Interior design Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Light Bureau’s project, Maggie’s Leeds, won the FX International Interior design Awards 2020 in the Lighting design category. We share first place with Arup for the University Sheffield Concourse project and both are very worthy winners.


Statement by the jury: Beautiful, understated use of lighting as a sustainable natural resource

“We are extremely honoured to get this recognition. It has been such an exciting project to take part in and we want to thank our client – Maggie’s and also Heatherwick Studio for a great collaboration.” Says a proud Paul Traynor, Principal Director at Light Bureau UK.

Maggie’s is a charitable cancer care centre, providing a safe and warm space where people can access emotional and psychological support surrounded by good architecture and uplifting landscape.

With Maggie’s Leeds we aimed to emphasise the tranquil atmosphere by placing warm lighting in niches which hold plants, pictures, books and other household things – making them, rather than the lighting, the priority. Elsewhere, simple uplights illuminate the soffits. Externally, lighting is very much garden-scale and appears unstructured like the planting, but is actually all carefully planned.

“We always want to ensure that the lighting we design for a space is high quality, so that it creates the best effect and it lasts. We are proud to have worked on this centre and we hope that Maggie’s Leeds fulfils its aim of supporting those who need it.” Paul concludes.

Read more about Maggies Leed’s Centre here.

Read more about the award and in the winners book.

Short facts

  • Client: Maggie’s Leeds Centre
  • Lighting design: Light Bureau
  • Architect: Heatherwick studio
  • Landscape Architect: Balston Agius
  • Electrical engineer: Max Fordham Consulting
  • Suppliers: Stoane Lighting, Architectural FX-LED Linear, Light Graphix, acdc, XAL, iGuzzini, LedFlex, Rako Controls
  • Installer: Sir Robert McAlpine, John Wright Electrical
  • Photographer: Hufton + Crow

Photographer: Hufton + Crow


Paloma Plumed Martin

Associate Lighting designer, UK