Tower Bridge, one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, has been transformed with a new world-class lighting system in time to mark the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The new state-of-the-art, energy efficient lighting system will have its first official switch on this evening and then will gleam white this weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The new lights brighten up the bridge, enhance its architectural features and replace static lights with bulbs that can vary in intensity and colour, while at the same time cutting energy consumption. The LED-lighting and cabling system has been installed at no cost to taxpayers thanks to an innovative funding deal reached between London mayor Boris Johnson, bridge-owners the City of London Corporation and London 2012 sponsors EdF and GE. In total 1,800 special energy-efficient LED lights have been fitted, along with 2km of energy-efficient LED linear lights, 5km of cable and 1,000 junction boxes. Final planning permission for the project was granted in November 2011 and work began immediately to install the new system.
The new lights will take centre stage for during the 2012 Games when Tower Bridge will be fitted with its giant Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos for the 45 days of the Games. Passers-by will see the new system being tested over coming weeks ready for spectacular one-off lighting displays during key moments of the Games.