The Harry Beswick, Heswall

The Harry Beswick, Heswall

Built in 1911 and designed by architect Harry Beswick, this building has spent most of its life as a police station. In November 2023 the building reopened as a cosy and welcoming Hyde’s Brewery pub, with DV8 Designs leading the design.

The challenge with this building was keeping some of the former police station’s original features side by side with the new renovations. Creating a cohesive design throughout the sandstone and red brick building was essential in creating a community hub that reflected the station’s history.

The lighting design in this project also needed to be sympathetic to the building design and history. It also needed to help create zones inside the building, as customers would be coming to the Harry Beswick to drink, to socialise, or to enjoy a meal.

With a mixture of statement chandeliers, decorative wall lights, and bespoke table lamps, this lighting scheme added interest and personality without being intrusive. Textured and opal glass made the eating areas feel cosy and intimate, while clear glass made the bar area brighter and more open. However, with warm brass and wood tones throughout the entire building, the lighting remained cohesive and welcoming.

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