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A scheme to show London’s historic bridges in a new light

Public Realm


September 6, 2016

Find out more about the Illuminated River project here.

As written in the Evening Standard 05/09/16:      


Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili is among the finalists shortlisted for a £20million scheme to show London’s historic bridges in a new light.

More than 100 design teams from around the world entered the Illuminated River International Design Competition.

The six finalists will go on to develop new lighting schemes to transform four bridges – Westminster, Waterloo, London and Chelsea – along with a masterplan for all 17 bridges between Albert and Tower.

The concept designs will go on display to the public in November before the winner is announced the following month.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “The Illuminated River will breathe new life into the Thames and create a dazzling outdoor gallery for Londoners to enjoy each night, showing that our capital remains a leader in innovation, sustainability and artistic creativity.


“It’s fantastic that submissions have come from so many different countries. The competition shows that London is open to talent from all around the globe.”

Hannah Rothschild, chair of the Illuminated River Foundation, said: “The final shortlist represents an exhilarating mix of talent, inspiration and design approach. In November the finalists’ concept designs will be unveiled, and London will have six possible visions of how the river and the city might be transformed after dark.”

Competition organiser Malcolm Reading said: “This shortlist brims with promise. These teams are at the intersection of art, architecture, technology, engineering, film and literature. They have put together fascinating combinations of skills and we expect great things of them.”

The Illuminated River project will provide London with a new, free permanent attraction and is supported by the Mayor of London, the City of London, Westminster City Council, Transport for London, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Network Rail.


Around £20m in funds will be raised, largely from private sources by the Illuminated River Foundation, the coordinating charity which is supported by the Rothschild Foundation.

The short-listed teams are:

  • Adjaye Associates with Chris Ofili, Thukral & Tagra, Doug Aitken, AKTII, HPF (Hurley Palmer Flatt), Four Communications, DP9, Plan A and DHA Designs
  • AL_A with Asif Kapadia, Simon Stephens, SEAM Design andGROSS.MAX
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro with L’Observatoire International, Arup, Transsolar, Jennifer Tipton and Oliver Beer
  • Les Éclairagistes Associés with ecqi, ewo, Federico Pietrella, and GVA Lighting Europe Limited
  • Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands with Future\Pace, Leo Villareal, Pentagram, Price & Myers, Atelier Ten, Beckett Rankine and Core Five
  • Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens with Electrolight, Daisy Froud and Elliott Wood