Future Lighting News Spring 2017

Welcome to our spring newsletter. At Future Lighting we’ve been doing more than hibernating this winter and it is thanks to our growing list of clients that we have just registered our busiest first Quarter since we began trading.

With Brexit now a reality we are feeling positive about the changes there may be ahead for our industry. In the short term we expect to see very little change in our markets. Until we have negotiated our exit from the EU, all the current regulations which are embedded in UK law still stand. Lighting products and installations still have to meet all the minimum standards of safety and security that we are used to. It’s only a guess, but there’s a good chance that the UK government will bring in an equivalent set of regulations at some point in the future to guarantee high quality products and services. That point is a long way off so for the time being, it’s business as usual. Of course there are some regulations that the industry likes more than others and Brexit is a good opportunity for the industry to lobby for change.

All things considered, it seems we have an exciting FUTURE ahead of us for 2017.


With summertime here, don’t forget to adjust any timeclocks controlling your estate / block lighting.

With summertime here, don’t forget to adjust any timeclocks controlling your estate / block lighting.

What we’ve been up to:

  • We moved into our new purpose built premises on 1 April and we’re all very excited!
  • We have several teambuilding days in the pipe-line and we are in talks with other property sector leaders to jointly arrange some exciting corporate days where we can improve our industry knowledge and relax with our industry peers and clients to (hopefully) enjoy our British Summer time.
  • And finally… who got one of these? We hope we brought you a smile on Valentine’s Day!

Welcoming new champions to our team

Billy McGuinness - Senior Engineer

Billy has joined the Future Lighting team to support our field engineers and assist in running our larger schemes. Since Billy’s apprenticeship he has been involved with Costa Coffee/Whitbread and the design and services for the group’s portfolio lighting.

Billy will be coming to a site near you soon and looks forward to saying hello

Leigh Davies - Senior Field Engineer

Now if there’s anything about lighting Leigh doesn’t know, we’ll be shocked! Leigh has been working in the commercial lighting sector for more than 10 years and brings a wealth of experience to our team. Check out this snippet of feedback from a happy client last week:

Jamie - they ALL said it couldn't be done. But now we know different. Thank you so much.

As recommendations go, it doesn’t get much better and we’re all looking forward to working with Leigh in the future.

Dominic Cahill - Apprentice Electrician

Dominic is learning the trade and is excited to be part of the Future Team. Already we’ve received an amazing testimonial: “What a charming young man Dominic is”. Well done Dom - we have a champion in the making!

Laura Willsdon - Business Development Manager

With a strong design background and forward facing attitude, Laura has joined the team to help us continue to maintain our good working relationship with new and existing contacts. Laura will be communicating new product developments to prospective clients and overseeing the development of new marketing literature. She is really looking forward to meeting and speaking with you all.

Latest projects

Cr@te Loughton

Cr@te Loughton

CR@TE is an exciting new development that is home to 36 creative workspaces using up-cycled shipping containers which have been fitted out to meet the needs of the modern business. The flexible terms on offer encourage entrepreneurs to make the bold leap from their bedroom into fully serviced units. With its growing community of start-ups and creative talent, CR@TE is rapidly creating a buzz and is becoming a destination for innovation and those priced out of Central London. The site is well located in Loughton, close to the Underground and M11. CR@TE is certainly not your usual sterile office block and Future Lighting was delighted to be asked to design the lighting for the entire scheme. We are incredibly proud to have been part of this ground-breaking development and regard the growing success of Cr@te as a superb accolade for all involved.

Portman Mansions

Portman Mansions

Portman Mansions is an impressive collection of Victorian buildings, built in the late 19th Century and housing 120 flats (122 including the estate office and gym) in nine mansion blocks in Chiltern and Porter Streets in London’s Mayfair.

The management company became aware that the existing emergency lighting did not serve the main lobbies and staircases and they needed to act promptly to meet their obligations under the lease and to meet health and safety requirements.

Following our successful façade Lighting scheme completed to the blocks in the winter of 2016, the management company contacted us for a solution. Other specialist had specified schemes that included unattractive standard bulkheads to be installed in the communal areas and which did not complement the interior of the blocks.

After spending some time with our clients and a range of manufacturers, we designed and built a custom-made decorative fitting that was in keeping with the aesthetics of the blocks but also utilised the latest in LED technology and emergency facilities.

The works were completed within 10 Days without disruption to the building or its decor. We are now in the process of preparing a case study looking at this challenging project in detail and this will be posted on our website very soon.

Lease Conferences

Lease Conferences

We had a couple of fantastic days at the Lease Conference at ETC Venues Westminster and the Barbican in February. We really enjoyed catching up with existing clients and meeting new people. Thank you again to the organisers and we hope our freebie umbrellas saved you getting soaked too!

Wishing you a fabulous Spring and Easter break and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Team Future

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