Tower Bridge, London, England


Tower Bridge is a Grade I listed combined suspension and bascule bridge in London, located near to the Tower of London and crossing over the River Thames. Designed by Horace Jones and engineered by John Wolfe Barry and Henry Marc Brunel and completed in 1894, it remains a busy and important route for traffic and pedestrians throughout London.

The bridge stretches across 800 feet, connected at the upper level by two horizontal walkways and a central pair of bascules which open to allow tall shipping and high masted boats to pass. Tower Bridge has become an iconic London landmark, with the towers, walkways, and Victorian engine rooms making up an exhibition where visitors can take in the full history of the bridge and enjoy stunning panoramic sights of London along with the experience of unique views through the glass floor in the walkway down to the road and river below.

Specialist Lighting Contractor Armadillo Lighting, who supplied and installed fixtures to Tower Bridge years ago, were appointed to refresh the bridge lighting by replacing older and outdated fixtures with upgraded, high performance LED luminaires. Armadillo specified a range of products from creative and innovative lighting experts GVA Lighting to meet this project brief.

It was important that the lighting design and wiring were sympathetic to the renowned and recognisable landmark and its significance in London. GVA supplied FL100 and FL200 fixtures in RGBW for this project as the ideal solution for architectural wall washing and grazing applications. To obtain the best possible result using the least number of fixtures, extensive lighting calculation work was performed jointly by Armadillo and GVA along with supporting night trials carried out to validate the results, ensuring the lighting was of the highest possible quality and definition to structure.

GVA’s fixtures allow the defining landmark to be illuminated in color changing light washes. As a mark of respect and to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Tower Bridge was washed in purple light to mark the period of national mourning. One of many landmarks across the UK and the globe to be lit in purple light, Tower Bridge was majestically illuminated until Monday 19th September, as a mark of national respect for the day of Queen Elizabeth’s State Funeral.

The royal purple held great significance to The Queen, as the backdrop for her Platinum Jubilee emblem earlier this year, and as the color of the Coronation Gown and Robe of State. It was important that Tower Bridge have the ability to be washed in these commemorative colors, to honour Britain’s longest reigning monarch through a key London landmark.

GVA’s fixtures can be changed to various color displays, allowing Tower Bridge to be illuminated to mark national days and to celebrate special occasions.

Tower Bridge remains the most iconic and pictured bridge in London. GVA Lighting are extremely proud to have supplied their lighting system for this impressive landmark. A state-of-the-art installation and focusing by Armadillo Lighting guarantees the exceptional result achieved.

Lighting Contractor, Design Consultant, System Integrator, and DMX Programming: Armadillo Lighting

Photographer: Ed Hasler