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Elektra Lighting has created lighting schemes for London Fashion Week window displays at department stores Harvey Nichols (above) and Liberty.

London digital media consultancy InterResource is to open an office in Sydney, Australia, in April. The group hopes to benefit from media activity caused by the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Cement manufacturer Rugby Cement has appointed Birmingham group The Design Advantage to create a new look for its corporate literature, after a three-way paid creative pitch.

Firbank Kempster Integrated Communications Partnership has been appointed to design and build the Nortel Networks pavilion at the Telecom ’99 exhibition in Geneva.

London nightclub Ministry of Sound will reopen on 4 March with new interiors by United Designers. ‘The new environment will be more comfortable than before. There has been a general trend towards less dancing and more drinking and so we’ve laid it out so it’ll now be much easier just to chill out,’ says United Designers project manager Tim Mutton. The group is also working to change the feel of the Elephant & Castle club: ‘We want to show off the natural elements of the building like the brickwork. The club provides the special effects and stage design and so we haven’t come up with anything too elaborate,’ adds Mutton. He has also created a small area for private functions. The illustration pictured is an initial concept for the club.

The Ministry of Sound is set to open a 700-capacity bar in Birmingham’s Broad Street in April, also designed by United Designers (DW 22 January).

Nottingham design group Purple Circle has acquired a stake in Internet service provider Proweb, after client requests for increased Internet services.

The Food and Drink Federation has appointed Hero Creative to design its annual report.

Success on Hold, a promotion service which specialises in targeting telephone users while they are on hold or in a queue system, has appointed Quarto Design to create a new corporate identity. It will be introduced in June.

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