By Maximilian Clarke
London’s iconic Tower Bridge is to be fitted with an ‘eco friendly’ LED lighting system that will allow the building to display the Olymipc logos, placing the Victorian neo-gothic landmark at the centre of the Olympic celebrations.
With its gothic turrets, aerial walkway and suspension chains, the bridge is one of London’s most instantly recognisable London landmarks. Now, following an innovative funding deal reached between the Mayor of London, City of London Corporation, and London 2012 sponsors EDF and GE, a state-of-the-art LED lighting and cabling system will be installed in time for next year's 2012 celebrations. This project will help cut energy consumption from lighting the bridge by up to 40 per cent compared with today’s usage, while enhancing its world-renowned architectural features at night. Replacing the current static lights with varying colours and intensity will enable it to play a vibrant role in special events, such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games, New Year’s Eve and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
“The spectacular view of Tower Bridge from my office in City Hall is one of my favourites in London, and it’s fantastic to now be able to crack on with this work to make it even better, brighter and greener and at no cost to the taxpayer,” said London’s Mayor Boris Johnson.
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