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'Bright idea' for Jubilee Buildings

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 18:16

A planning application to install exterior illumination on Jubilee Buildings in Victoria Street, Douglas has attracted the support of members of Douglas Borough Council.


At a meeting of the environmental services advisory committee chairman Councillor Ritchie McNicholl and Councillor Sara Hackman resolved to support the scheme.


Councillors Christopher Thomas and Alan Quirk voted against the resolution.


The application has been submitted by Douglas lighting specialists Professional Lighting Design Ltd on behalf of their client, Twickenham Investments Ltd.


RitchieMcNicholl MediumCouncillor McNicholl believes exterior lighting will highlight Jubilee Buildings' distinctive architectural featuresCouncillor McNicholl said: ‘Jubilee Buildings was one of five sites used for a guerilla lighting event in 2009 which demonstrated to dramatic effect how creative exterior lighting can transform a building’s appearance after dark.


‘This is a landmark site and an integral part of one of the main gateways into Douglas. Exterior lighting will highlight the building’s distinctive architectural features, but the impact will be far more than purely aesthetic. Creative use of lighting can make for safer, more agreeable town centre spaces and so improve the overall environment. Importantly we see the scheme complementing the significant investment being made by the Council, government and other stakeholders to regenerate Douglas town centre.


‘We are therefore pleased to express support for the scheme which, if approved, may set a welcome precedent for owners of other prominent town centre buildings to follow.’









JubileeLitDSC 2322 MediumJubilee Buildings when targeted at the guerrilla lighting event

JubileeUnlitDSC 2310 MediumJubilee Buildings unlit before the guerrilla lighting event