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As part of its property investment strategy in the North West, global pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca completed a £10m refurbishment of Middlewood Court on its Macclesfield campus in 2016.

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Inspired by the silk production heritage of Macclesfield and the significance of silk in modern medicine, the designers have introduced a Silk Route on the ground floor – a central spine linking two entrances. To complete the striking cocoon-shaped meeting units along the route, the designers specified a group of bespoke pendants that mimicked the organic form of a silk moth cocoon. Being a UK lighting manufacturer just over the Peak district, SpaceInvader came to Northern Lights to help realise this ambitious design idea.

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Bespoke Pendants & Rafts

Designed by the commercial interiors specialists, SpaceInvader, the 80,000 sq. ft. project has transformed a once traditional cellular office into an open and vibrant workplace with a neighbourhood feel that encourages and nurtures a more flexible and collaborative culture.

Working from SpaceInvaders brief, we proposed a linear pattern that would reflect the delicacy of the silk thread yet complement the industrial aesthetics of the interior scheme. The primary structure of the pendants was created using eighteen laser-cut panels. A key challenge of the project was how to achieve the organic natural form of the bespoke lighting cocoon while maintaining their engineering integrity. We used everything we had learnt as a UK lighting manufacturer to develop and engineers solutions, so all the details lined up correctly. When representing a company that prides itself on clinical precision, we wanted to reflect this in the outcome of the bespoke office lighting we had been tasked to create.

Measuring almost 3m in diameter, the bespoke chandeliers match the scale of the office. Creating a striking impact is vital in such a sizeable open-plan workplace. Together with the seating solution, the bespoke lighting forms the distinctive cocoon units that provide informal meeting places — facilitating and promoting the exchange of knowledge and ideas between colleagues.

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