Light relief for Durham

Durham City Vision has outlined an environmentally efficient lighting strategy for the city

Durham City Vision has issued a report outlining an environmentally efficient lighting strategy for the city that promises to use light and darkness in innovative ways.

The strategy, which will cost an estimated £3.14m to implement in full, was drawn up by lighting architects Speirs and Major Associates, and plays a key role in the city’s urban renewal programme, Durham City Centre 2020 Vision.

The Speirs and Major Associates team has previously worked on projects which include the interior of St Paul’s Cathedral, Kew Gardens, the Millennium Dome at Greenwich, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Tower.

The report authors claim the proposed approach will make best use of light and darkness by contrasting unlit areas, such as the riverbanks, with illuminated heart of the city.

The strategy will see all the streetlights upgraded and the city’s bridges and alleyways lit. Architectural lighting of the Castle and Cathedral will be upgraded, and key buildings in the city centre will also be illuminated.

The aim of the lighting refurbishment will be to reduce street clutter, improve efficiency, reduce light pollution and create the opportunity to dim or brighten streetlights as required.