Update – On the 7th of December 2016, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, announced that Leo Villareal and his team have won the Illuminated River International Design Competition. Work will begin in 2017 to develop the design concept, named ‘Current’, in collaboration with stakeholders and partners along the river, and in consultation with the public.
Hannah Rothschild, Chair of the Illuminated River Foundation, said: “Their scheme is beautiful, ambitious and realisable but always considerate to the environment, lighting levels and energy conservation. The jury is convinced that the winning team will transform the centre of London while remaining true to the spirit and integrity of the Thames and its communities.”
The winner was chosen by a jury from 6 shortlisted designs. The public had an opportunity to give feedback in an exhibition held at the Royal Festival Hall throughout November which displayed details of each of the shortlisted concepts.
For a long time the river Thames has been a huge part of London’s identity, a vast contributor to its economy and growing culture. In daylight, it is there for all to see, attracting tourism and providing a welcoming calmness – a respite from the constant bustle. It is at night, however, that this project aims to enhance both the spectacle and the associated economic benefits of the river Thames.
Cross River Partnership plans to work in conjunction with the Rothschild Foundation and the Greater London Authority to carry out an innovative measure in an attempt to keep London at the forefront of expressive art culture and attracting more interest to its night time economy. The Illuminated River project, led by the new Illuminated River Foundation, will encompass 17 historical bridges that run across the river to represent the vibrant and futuristic approach London is taking through the use of low-carbon, sustainable and green technology.
The 17 bridges within the scope of the project are: Albert Bridge, Chelsea Bridge, Grosvenor Railway Bridge, Nine Elms (planned), Vauxhall Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Footbridges, Waterloo Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Blackfriars Railway Bridge, Millennium Footbridge, Southwark Bridge, Cannon Street Railway Bridge, London Bridge and Tower Bridge.
The Illuminated River project 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.
Please see http://illuminatedriver.london for further details on the project.