Some of the City’s historic buildings are to be complemented by remotely operated lighting with different colours at different times of the day, the City of London Corporation has announced.
The plans form part of the new Smart City Lighting Strategy which will also improve energy use and help tackle light pollution.
Urban spaces will be “coated in various lighting types, levels and colours at different times during the night” in the scheme which will complement the roll out of energy-saving LED lights in the Square Mile.
The City Corporation is working with lighting designer Speirs and Major on the strategy which will be implemented in phases throughout the City.
Chris Hayward, Chairman of the City of London Corporation Planning and Transportation Committee commented: “The City Lighting Strategy will improve the quality of life for the Square Mile’s workers, residents and visitors, and tackle the problems of light pollution. We want our streets to be safer, more sustainable and more inviting. Poor street lighting is a constant issue for London and it is time to change that.
“It is vital that the City of London continues to invest in smart technology and infrastructure to maintain its position as a leading financial and business centre, as well as a leading cultural destination. Light will be used to celebrate and safeguard our streets while enhancing the experience for the Square Mile’s growing night time economy.”