Awards: RIAS Annual Awards 2016 - Historic Environment Scotland Award for Conservation and Climate Change
The sensitive restoration of the former High Mill by the Jute Museum @ Verdant Works revealed a unique opportunity to bring the building’s history to life with light. This A-listed formerly-derelict building was originally built in 1833, but had fallen into disrepair until the Jute Museum in cooperation with Dundee Heritage Trust and Dundee City Council undertook the massive task of renovating the site.
The design of the High Mill lighting emphasises the building's innate beauty and history to guests. Skylights over the cathedral-like architecture were originally the predominant light source during the day. Thus KSLD worked with the available light to accent the complex beams and rafters of the ceiling as well as provide appropriate lighting for the exhibits. Our design incorporates daylight sensors to control all architectural, exhibit and ambient lighting, varying in intensity with the time of day and available daylight. Supplementing the natural daylight is energy-efficient, and the high-colour rendering, warm white LEDs mimic the daylight and enhance the natural colours of the architecture and displays. The lighting control allows event scenes and flexibility for future activities.
The High Mill restoration was shortlisted for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s annual awards in 2016 and won the Special Category of Historic Environment Scotland Award for Conservation & Climate Change.
Client: Dundee Heritage Trust
Builder: George Martin Builders
Architect: JFS Architects
M&E Engineer: Hawthorne Boyle Partnership
Sub-Contractor: Alliance Electrical Ltd.
Lead Designer: Kevan Shaw
Designers: Efi Stragali, Martin Granese