Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Temple produces Interactive Environmental Summary for Illuminated River Project

This week 30 planning applications were submitted for the Illuminated River Project, the longest art commission in the world. 15 bridges along 4.5 nautical miles of the River Thames will be illuminated with kinetic light from Albert Bridge in the west to Tower Bridge in the east.

Temple are the project EIA  consultants, and to accompany the statutory Environmental Statement, Temple have produced an Interactive Environmental Summary (IES). This tool is one of the first of its kind and marks an important step towards presenting the environmental information contained within the Environmental Statement in a much more interactive and user-friendly format.

The IES is designed so that interested members of the public and project stakeholders can engage with information about the nature of the artwork and its environmental impacts and benefits as a series of interactive maps and visualisations, rather than trawling through several volumes of text heavy reports. The tool includes videos of the proposed artwork on each bridge to enable the user to understand the concept and dynamic visual nature of this exciting project.

More about the Illuminated River Project and Temple’s Involvement

An international competition was launched by the Illuminated River Foundation in June 2016. The winning scheme, led by American light artist Leo Villareal (the artist responsible for lighting San Francisco’s Bay Bridge) and the London architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands is based on a single lighting concept, with the artwork on each bridge capturing its unique identity and context. The artwork will use highly efficient LED fittings, which will be digitally controlled to achieve the kinetic lighting effect.

Planning applications have been submitted for each of the 15 bridges across seven London Boroughs, from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Temple have produced the Environmental Statement to accompany all 30 planning applications, focussing on potential effects associated with: terrestrial and aquatic ecology using the River Thames corridor; heritage effects to the bridges themselves and to the setting of nearby heritage assets; and visual and townscape effects for residents and visitors alike along this stretch of the River Thames. Temple have also been involved with extensive pre-application consultation with the seven Boroughs to ensure a robust but proportionate assessment.