Credit: MK Illumination
Ticker

“Christmas isn’t cancelled”: MK Illumination pivots to create safe Christmas experiences

Shopping centers across Ireland are stringent about safety in these uncertain times, and MK Illumination Ireland is making sure that their Christmas concepts will be equally safe.

In spite of the challenges of recent months, shopping centers across Ireland are making it clear that Christmas will still be the highlight of 2020. Festive lighting and decoration, holiday treats, and annual events that families look forward to year-on-year are still going ahead through the country, but with a strong emphasis on keeping shoppers and employees safe.

“We’re equally committed to the safety of our customers and our teams,” said John Riordan, Managing Director of MK Illumination“That’s why we’ve been working closely with shopping centers across the country to understand their specific health and safety procedures so that we can adjust our delivery and implementation plans accordingly. We’re making sure that we’re following national regulations and guidelines, too.”

Christmas lighting and decorative concepts typically take months to plan and produce. Large, multi-disciplinary teams create detailed installation plans and often work throughout the night to magically transform shopping centers into spaces filled with festive cheer where Christmas memories can be made. So how has the pandemic affected the creation of Christmas experiences this year?

“For starters, people are placing orders later, which has meant that we had to anticipate needs and produce lighting and decoration in advance to cater for last-minute requests,” says Riordan. “In terms of installation planning, we’re turning large installation teams into ‘pods’ of no more than 4 people to ensure their safety, with multiple ‘pods’ working together—but at a distance—to make the magic happen.”

These are just two examples but Riordan has many more. His message for shopping centers who are uncertain about planning their festive lighting?

“Communities need Christmas, and what it stands for, more than ever before this year. With some forethought, it’s possible to create experiences that are safe and spectacular,” he says. “Christmas in Ireland definitely isn’t cancelled.”

Sign up for our ACROSS Newsletter. Subscribe to ACROSS Magazine.

Ticker MORE

Special Issue “Going Forward!”

This online special will be available as a free download until April 25.

Castellana Properties to invest €15.6 million in expanding its food and leisure offering at Los Arcos

Castellana Properties has acquired a four-storey office building comprising over 4,600 sqm GLA from Aliseda. The building is adjacent to Los Arcos shopping centre and will now form part of an ambitious plan to transform and upgrade this space, with Castellana Properties set to invest a total of €15.6 million.

Finally a new date for Mapic Italy

Reed Midem recently announced that the event will take place on September 14 and 15, 2021 at a new location in Milan–the Superstudio Maxi.

Legal & General reimagines retail

With the much-anticipated reopening of non-essential shops finally here, businesses will be welcoming locals back into their stores. For one street in Poole, the 2021 easing of lockdown is particularly exciting: Poole’s Kingland Crescent has been completely revamped as part of LGIM Real Assets strategy to re-invent and re-position their retail places.

Mallson Polska acquires the EMPIK chain to C.H. Sekunda in Jędrzejów, Poland

The Empik chain will open its store in the region's largest retail and service facility, "Sekunda", in Jędrzejów. The store will occupy 170 sq m of leasable space.

The exhibition of painter Velimir Ilišević opened in Galerija Belgrade

The exhibition of painter Velimir Ilišević entitled „Striking roots“ is opened in the gallery space LAG within Galerija Belgrade. The series of paintings is a summary of Ilišević’s reflections on painting, while the choice of motifs symbolizes development and indicates his future achievements.