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Lighting complete on Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed bridge

Arup has completed the dynamic lighting scheme on the 842m long bridge following almost eight years of construction.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the bridge consists of concrete strands that gather on one shore, flowing across to the adjacent shore in a sculptural waveform.

The bridge connects the mainland to the island of Abu Dhabi. The bridge arch structure soars to heights of up to 60m above water level, creating a formidable gateway to the city, over the Maqta Channel. The bridge is seen as a potential catalyst to the future urban growth of Abu Dhabi.

The lighting scenarios comprise of dynamic coloured light that smoothly flows across the channel. The luminous gesture creates an embracing landscape of colours for the users of the bridge and a scenic feature for distant viewers, and was developed by Hollands Licht.

The structural silhouette shape, the ‘spine’ of the bridge, is highlighted by dynamic coloured light, while the underside of the road deck features integrated monochrome dynamic ‘cell’ lighting. A lighting control system allows for animated flow movements in the spine and the cells, resulting in fluid patterns of light travelling along the bridge.

The lighting concept was developed in close collaboration with leading manufacturers and a team including Hollands Licht – concept lighting design, detailed lighting design and specifications; High Point Rendel – lighting electrical engineering; Martin Professional Middle East – feature lighting equipment; Martin Professional Middle East and Sixco – collaboration in programming and commissioning; Philips Lighting – road lighting equipment.

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