Phase One, which includes London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium Bridges, will be illuminated in Summer 2019. It will span the busy riverside areas of Southwark and the City of London – home to Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tower of London.
Using smart LED technologies, Illuminated River will replace the current outdated and inefficient lighting on the bridges, providing a more long-term sustainable solution for lighting the Thames at night. Switched on shortly after sunset and turned off at 2am, the artwork for each bridge uses no more energy than some common household appliances.
Our energy for Cannon Street Bridge is supplied by Ecotricity, who use 100% renewable green energy. The electricity supply for Millennium, Southwark and London bridges comes from City of London’s appointed supplier which provides 40% of its energy from renewable sources. The City of London aims to increase this to 100% during the lifetime of the Illuminated River project.