12 December 2016
The Illuminated River International Design Competition Winner Announced

The internationally acclaimed American light artist, Leo Villareal and British architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, have won the Illuminated River International Design Competition, a design commission to light 17 of central London’s bridges along the River Thames.

The winning team, selected from a six-strong shortlist, will now start to develop the design concepts in collaboration with stakeholders and partners along the river, and in consultation with the public. This work will take place in 2017.

The Illuminated River Foundation charity set up to fundraise for the project has already been pledged donations of £10 million – from the Rothschild Foundation and the Arcadia Fund. The Greater London Authority has also provided a grant of £100,000, while the Rothschild Foundation has contributed a further £250,000 and the City of London Corporation has given £500,000.

The Foundation chair, Hannah Rothschild, said “The winning team’s scheme is beautiful, ambitious and realisable but always considerate to the environment, lighting levels and energy conservation".

"The jury is convinced that the winning team will transform the centre of London while remaining true to the spirit and integrity of the Thames and its communities".

We are hugely excited by this scheme showcasing the River Thames as being at the heart of the City, rather than it forming a border or barrier.

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