Working during the COVID-19 outbreak

Like many businesses, DHA are reacting as rapidly as possible to the new work landscape. Keeping our staff, clients & the wider community healthy are all very important to us, so we are carefully following the government advice as to health & working practices.

Unless absolutely necessary, staff are being advised to work from home & we have ensured that everyone has access to the company servers, mail & phones so that we can continue our service to clients while remaining safely at home.

Please bear with us if calls to the office take a while to get through – our smart phone system will be forwarding all calls & you will get a reply. Email & other file transfer methods are unaffected.

Site visits will continue on a case-by-case basis, but we will be supporting our clients as normal.

Thank you, keep healthy & wash hands!


Jebel Buhais Geology Centre, UAE

Our exterior lighting scheme for the new Geology Centre in the Al Madam desert
was recently opened by the Sultan of Sharjah. We were engaged by the site’s architects, Hopkins Architects, to provide a dramatic lighting solution to the key geological features of the Jebel, so that it could be enjoyed at night by visitors to the centre.

Mindful of the nature of the project, we used as little power as possible to achieve the lighting scheme: 24 150W LED floodlights consume around 3.6KW, only 12% of the power recommended to light one single football pitch, but is used to light an area many times greater. By mounting the fixtures on the roof of the viewing gallery, visitors are unaware of the source of the light & by setting the fixtures to switch on at sunset, the change from day to night is seamless and visitors are unaware of the lighting until the daylight has gone and the Jebel is illuminated against the perfect darkness of the night sky.

By choosing to light the Jebel from a frontal approach, it also means that we have minimised spill beyond the outcrop, and are limiting wasteful sky glow. The scheme is part of an entire visitor experience, which shows the importance of the geology of the region and the story of some of the first people to live in the desert in the Neolithic period.

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters opens at the National Portrait Gallery

DHA Designs have just completed work on the National Portrait Gallery’s latest exhibition, the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, featuring some of the most famous women in art. But unusually, this time the exhibition tells the story of the women who featured in the works – the muses, models, partners, artists & relations who inspired, sat for & even worked among this most famous group of artists.

The exhibition has received 4-star reviews in the Telegraph, Time Out & Evening Standard, who called it ‘riveting’ & ‘addictive’.

It is open from now until the end of January 2020.

More information, and tickets, can be found on the gallery’s website here.

Gauguin Portraits opens at the National Gallery

DHA Designs recently completed the lighting design for the National Gallery’s latest show, Gauguin Portraits. In collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada it contains 56 works on loan from all over the world.

It received a 5 star review in the Telegraph with Alastair Sooke stating ‘I walked around this exhibition in a semi-intoxicated daze, experiencing that endorphin-rich rush, that tingle of excitement, which only comes when you are witnessing something great.’ 

It is open from 7th October 2019 – 26th January 2020.

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