William Sugg and Co Ltd continues to set the highest standards in the manufacture, reproduction, refurbishment and refit of heritage lighting projects around the world. The company has worked on hundreds of heritage lighting projects since 1837, and our team of lighting experts use techniques that have been handed down through the generations. Our projects today still use the same materials and even some of the original tooling from the early days to create spectacular heritage lighting that is used across the globe. Here are just some examples of the experience William Sugg and Co Ltd have had as a UK luminaire manufacturer.

Manufacturing luminaires for listed buildings

Over the last 200 years, William Sugg and Co Ltd have demonstrated extensive experience in manufacturing luminaires and maintaining all types of heritage lighting for listed buildings. Some of the main examples of this lighting for listed buildings can be seen in London. Over the years, William Sugg and Co Ltd’s gas lanterns have been placed in and around Covent Garden, Houses of Parliament, New Palace Yard, Trafalgar Square and Old Sessions House Clerkenwell just to name a few. These projects include refurbishing the globular lamps around the New Palace Yard, placing four-headed lamps on Buckingham Palace gates in 1901 and installing the exterior gas lighting for Houses of Parliament.

Restoring Tooting Broadway’s gas lamps

Another restoration project William Sugg and Co Ltd was delighted to be involved in was restoring Tooting Broadway’s gas lamps. This project included carefully refurbishing the existing lanterns and columns which had been out of action for a number of years and had fallen into a state of disrepair. Our team of lighting experts were thrilled to have removed and refurbished the light fittings as well as repaired and reworked the broken gas supply to help bring this ornate and unique focal point back to life.

Tooting Gas Lamps

Lighting for The Bomber Command Memorial

William Sugg and Co Ltd have worked on numerous heritage lighting projects, including creating unique, bespoke lanterns for the Piccadilly side of Bomber Command and four traditional copper lanterns inside Green Park. Some of the project’s key elements were to install lighting that had traditional manufacture and construction methods with an historical design but included a modern, energy efficient light source.  The project included heritage lighting columns that were cast in traditional iron with lanterns made from cast iron and copper.  These energy efficient LED modules maximise the energy efficiency creating a sensitive and future proof solution.  The memorial was opened in 2012 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and as the leading UK luminaire manufacturer, we are proud to have played a part in the fitting tribute to the 55,573 Bomber Command crew who lost their lives during WWII.

Restoring Elder Park gates

An example of one of our heritage lighting restoration projects is the restoration of the spectacular Elder Park Gates lighting. The main gate to Elder Park was long vandalised by scrap thieves and needed to be restored to its former glory. The team at William Sugg and Co Ltd restored and manufactured replicas of the original elements of the lanterns and provided the gates with replica Saracen Foundry Octagonal Electric Lanterns to retain the Park’s heritage.  The newly refurbished gates are now much admired by users of the park today, and will be for many years to come.

Mary Poppins Returns lighting

The breadth and depth of our experience spans generations as well as a wide range of project types.  A final example of our experience as a UK luminaire manufacturer is a unique project supplying and manufacturing 200 traditional Windsor gas lanterns and cast columns for the famous remake of Mary Poppins. This project required authentic lanterns and exacting standards with a lead time of only 10 weeks. The lanterns were made and modified to enhance the look of the lantern on camera under dark lighting. These lanterns were featured heavily in the film and play a central role in the well loved piece ‘Trip a little light fantastic’ a brilliantly upbeat number with lamplighters and Mary herself dancing in and around these spectacular bespoke lanterns.

Mary Poppins lighting












To find out more about our experience as a UK luminaire manufacturer, visit the ‘Our Work’ page to read about more examples of our previous work or contact us today for an informal chat about your next project; we’d love to hear from you.