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Seventeen London bridges to be lit in 20m pound project

14th June 2016

Lighting designers are being asked to submit ideas for an ambitious £20 million plan to turn the Thames into a river of light.


Unveiled by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and dubbed the ‘Illuminated River’, the project will see every major bridge between the Albert bridge and Tower bridge lit up in spectacular nightly display. 


City Hall is inviting lighting designers, engineers and architects to submit ‘environmentally friendly and visually stimulating’ ideas for the scheme by 7 July.


The project will be funded by private sponsors with the Mayor’s office and lighting enthusiast Lord Rothschild already donating £1 million to the contest.


Hannah Rothschild of the Illuminated River Foundation told the Evening Standard. ‘This is an opportunity to influence and transform the look, identity and experience of the world’s greatest city.’


It’s expected the prestigious competition will draw submissions from some of the world’s top lighting design practices. Bridges included are Westminster, Blackfriars, Millennium, Waterloo, Hungerford, Cannon Street, Chelsea and two proposed crossings, The Garden Bridge and Nine Elms Bridge.


Some structures are already lit and entrants are asked to incorporate or modify the existing lighting in their proposals. 


Khan said he hoped Illuminated River will become the world’s longest outdoor permanent art gallery.


The competition closes on the 7July. Shortlisted schemes will go on public display with the winner announced at the end of the year.


For the full brief and more information see www.illuminatedriver.london


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