5 Feb 2016 / Schreder /

Schreder supports Reading Regeneration Scheme

Reading Borough Council has 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.” 

 

SCHRÉDER SUPPORTS READING REGENERATION

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.  

David Moore added “Schréder and Peter Brett Associates were an ideal choice for this project, and the quality of installation and peace of mind that comes from the longevity of the products makes the bridge a great investment for Reading.”   

In addition to the LED handrail, Schréder 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. Schréder 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.

The adaptability of the pre-programmed Digital Multiplex (DMX) controller Schréder 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.”  

top
Leave your comment
No comments yet.
Lighting Directory
Videos
Activity Based Lighting in Offices
Flexible OLED light panel

Upcoming Events

Sep
29
Lights in Alingsås
It started in 1999 when students from HDK, Jönköping University and Gothenburg University gathered in Alingsås to experiment with different lighting designs for public buildings. The following year, the municipality entered into agreements with the Professional Lighting Designers’ Association
Oct
22
Guzhen International Lighting Fair
Dubbed as China's Lighting Capital, the city of Guzhen has over 20,000 registered lighting enterprises, including some 8,000 lighting fixture companies and 6,000 companies engaging in the manufacturing of lighting fixtures. Also as the host city of Guzhen Lighting Fair, Guzhen has the most comprehensive lighting value chain which meets overseas buyers' sourcing and other business needs.
Oct
27
Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition)
Despite expectations to the contrary, since Donald Trump took office as the US President in January 2017, Sino-US trade relations have remained largely amicable, with many of his campaign pledges to get tough on China yet to come to fruition.
Nov
01
Professional Lighting Design Convention
This biannual Convention was created for the global lighting design market. Lighting designers, architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients use PLDC as a platform to meet, learn about the latest developments in lighting design, and discuss the future of the lighting profession. PLDC stands for high quality knowledge transfer and international networking opportunities.

New manufacturers