London’s most famous bridge has been given a makeover to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and celebrate the city’s hosting of the Olympic Games.
A team of designers and electricians has spent the last six months installing high-tech LED lighting across the 117-year old bridge. In total, 2,000 metres of eco LED linear lights, 1,800 LED lamps and 5,000 metres of cable have been put in place.
At the start of the Olympic Games, the lighting will be adjusted to highlight the Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos which will also be installed on the bridge in the coming weeks.
“As London gears up for a summer like no other, this fantastic lighting makeover is another example of how the capital is benefiting from the Games,” explained the mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
The project has been funded by London 2012 sponsors GE and EDF as well as the City of London and the lights are expected to reduce energy consumption by 40 per cent and be in place for the next 25 years.
Last month, two new exhibitions opened at Tower Bridge as the landmark’s restoration project continues. The first uses 3D technology to explain how the bridge was built and illustrate its long history and could be an ideal trip for those staying at luxury hotels in London. There is also a special summer exhibition entitled Cities of the Modern Games. In honour of the Olympics, the event features a number of photographs showing images of past host cities and will run until the end of September this year.
Tickets to visit the Tower cost £8 for adults, £5.60 for concessions and £3.40 for children aged five to 15.