The creation of architect Sir Horace Jones and civil engineer Sir John Wolfe-Barry, Tower Bridge is arguably one of London's most famous and widely recognised landmarks. It took eight years to complete and was officially opened on 30 June 1894 becoming the only crossing for the Thames at that time. The extensive restoration and refurbishment of Tower Bridge has been completed in time for the London Olympics 2012 and the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.
The new lighting scheme was integral to the overall project and as a listed monument, required detailed planning to ensure the aesthetics of the bridge were not altered but merely enhanced. Also as a London 2012 Sustainability Partner, a key objective of the new lighting scheme was to help improve energy efficiency.
More than 2 km of GE Lighting's Tetra Contour architectural LED lighting has been installed on the stone and metal work of the bridge. Supplied in 2.44 m lengths, it takes the form of a flexible LED light engine that can be moulded on site to fit the shape of architectural features. Controls have also been installed enabling the mood of the lighting to be changed to suit different occasions. GE Lighting's 90W LED Floodlights, together with other lamps and fixtures, have also been installed on and around Tower Bridge, as direct replacements for the old and inefficient system.
Results and benefits
The combination of architectural and floodlight LEDs were specified to help reduce the energy used to light the bridge by up to 40 % compared with the previous system. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, 2012, said of the project: “This city is going to be watched by the world and this grand old lady of London, one of our best loved landmarks, is now set to play a sparkling role in the celebrations. But what's more, this is another lasting legacy for stemming from the Games which will benefit the city for decades.”
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