Stunning architectural feature to enhance the nocturnal landscape and provide a safe passage

Location

Reading Bridge
George St
RG1 8PJ
United Kingdom

Applications

In short...

While the new bridge looks fantastic during the day, at night it provides a carpet of light for the area, with an imaginative array of colours and movement.

Reading Borough Council built a new pedestrian/cycle bridge across the River Thames as part of its LSTF (Local Sustainable Transport Fund) project, linked to the reconfiguration of Reading Station and the town centre. The new bridge aims to provide better connectivity between Caversham to the North of the Thames and Reading to the South. It offers a new pedestrian and cycle route across the river, which will relieve congestion on the two existing vehicular routes and provide a direct pedestrian route between Caversham and the newly redeveloped Reading Station.

Schréder designed and installed a 400 metre bespoke LED Handrail and colour change feature lighting for this bridge. David Moore, Neighbourhood Service Manager, Reading Borough Council, commented, “While the new bridge looks fantastic during the day, at night it provides a carpet of light for the area, with an imaginative array of colours and movement, particularly at the top of the central mast.” 

Christchurch Bridge, Reading, United Kingdom

Schréder was contracted by Balfour Beatty and worked closely with project engineer Peter Brett Associates to create the installation. Scott Witchalls, Partner, Peter Brett Associates, said, “Schréder’s lighting design for the bridge is really very striking, but also practical, and will help to encourage regular use of this iconic structure by pedestrians and cyclists; contributing to more sustainable travel in Reading.”

A specialist installation team from Schréder fitted the LED handrail and colour change feature lighting onto the bridge, which was manufactured by Hollandia. Schréder worked in conjunction with Hollandia to ensure compatibility with the lighting equipment, as the installation involved complex design considerations, including creating a custom system to fit the LED handrail onto the curvature of the bridge, and enabling the handrail to flex with the movement of the suspension bridge.  

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Christchurch Bridge, Reading, United Kingdom
Christchurch Bridge, Reading, United Kingdom
Christchurch Bridge, Reading, United Kingdom

In addition to the LED handrail, we installed a series of its SCULP floodlights to illuminate the bridge, including one placed in the middle of the ‘tuning fork’ at the top of the 40 metre high-mast.  We also installed a colour changing lighting display around the rest of the bridge, which includes 28 Enyo LEDs, running up the suspension cables, two Noctis 225 LED floodlights recessed beneath the bridge to illuminate the underside, and flexible LED strips underneath two ‘floating’ benches located on the bridge.

Christchurch Bridge, Reading, United Kingdom

The adaptability of the pre-programmed Digital Multiplex (DMX) controller we supplied with the LED lighting scheme allows Reading Council to run a new lighting display every day. The LED handrail is connected to Reading Borough Council’s Mayflower Central Management System (CMS), which it uses to control the majority of its public lighting.

Nick Cruse, Operations Director for Schréder in the United Kingdom, added, “The new LED handrail for the pedestrian/cycle bridge was a complicated installation, with 231 individual sections manufactured and assembled on site and several key design elements inherent in the bridge’s structure. The resounding success of the project demonstrates that Schréder remains at the forefront of modern lighting design and continues to meet new challenges that arise.”