Contractor named for London bridges project

THE FIRM tasked with installing the ambitious showpiece Illuminated River project in London has been named.

Kent-based FM Conway has won the prestigious contract for the first phase of the light art project in which up to 15 bridges across the Thames will be given eye-catching treatments.

Kent-based FM Conway has won the prestigious contract for the first phase of the light art project in which up to 15 bridges across the Thames will be given eye-catching treatments.

The company will initially work of four bridges: London Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Cannon Street railway bridge and the Millennium Bridge. It’s understood that abseilers and barges will be required to mount luminaires on some of the bridges.

Last month Lux revealed that Signify – formerly Philips - won the contract to supply its luminaires from its Color Kinetics range.

The manufacturer will provide 13,000 LED luminaires and its Interact Landmark control system for the scheme, which gets underway this year.

It’s understood that abseilers – seen here installing Color Kinetics equipment on Tower Bridge – will be required to mount luminaires on some of the bridges in the Illuminated River project.

The lighting design is by American artist Leo Villareal, who was named winner of an international design competition in December 2016 by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Villareal’s team includes British architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and consulting engineers Atelier Ten.

The project is being part-funded by TetraPak heiress Lisbet Rausing and her husband Peter Baldwin, the banking family, the Rothschilds and Blavatnik Family Foundation.

It’s the first time there has been a strategy to light up all of central London’s bridges. The aim is to create a multi-level visual experience for the bridges viewed by pedestrians on the bridges, from London’s riverbanks, from the air, from tall buildings and by boat. 

Up to 15 bridges will be illuminated: London Bridge; Southwark Bridge; Cannon Street Bridge; Millennium Bridge; Blackfriars Railway Bridge; Golden Jubilee Bridge, Waterloo Bridge; Blackfriars Bridge; Lambeth Bridge; Vauxhall Bridge; Westminster Bridge; Grosvenor Bridge; Chelsea Bridge; Albert Bridge and Tower Bridge.

  • See the latest outdoor LED luminaires and control systems at the 2019 LuxLive exhibition and conference, taking place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2019. Entry is free if you pre-register. More information HERE.

 

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