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Speirs + Major develop a Lighting Vision for the City of London

March 07 2018 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Completions | Press
We are delighted to have completed a comprehensive new ‘Lighting Vision’ for the City of London.
Copyright/ Jason Hawkes
Copyright/ Jason Hawkes
With a major procurement of new street lighting and smart controls acting as the catalyst, this innovative study looks at the re-lighting of this important area of London which not only encompasses the city’s major financial district but also its unique network of historic mediaeval streets and buildings.

The strategy suggests a holistic approach to controlling the various ‘layers of light’ including the street, amenity, architectural and landscape lighting throughout all the routes and open spaces. Pedestrian movement is prioritised and the overall experience of the public realm after dark is enhanced. New standards are suggested, along with the re-zoning of colour temperature and mounting heights.

The study also provides suggested treatments for a wide range of landmarks including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Guildhall, Smithfield Market and several historic bridges, as well as for a wide range of character areas including the Culture Mile, Bank and the Riverside.

Importantly the study looks to balance concerns for creating a safe, secure and legible environment, supporting the night-time economy and creating a focus for the City’s residential community with potential environmental impacts such as energy use, light pollution and light spill.

The public consultation on the lighting strategy closed on 2nd March, however the document can still be downloaded and viewed here.