12 Nov 2017 / /

Waterloo’s Iconic Graffiti Tunnel Gets Lit

Leading-edge lighting design consultacy Nulty, has recently completed work on the regeneration of Leake Street Arches in London’s Waterloo, including lighting 300m of dramatic street art. Originally brought to fame by notorious street artist Banksy, Leake Street, also known as the iconic ‘graffiti tunnel’, links Lower Marsh to the South Bank and is one of London’s most popular urban street art locations. As one of the few legal walls in the UK where artists can express their creativity in public, the atmospheric tunnel is a haven for graffiti artists around the world to leave their mark.

Nulty leake steet lighting

Nulty leake steet lighting

Working closely with the developers LCR, Nulty’s main objective was to highlight and celebrate the artwork, whilst improving the quality of the light throughout this urban and individual space. Based in offices just beside Waterloo Station, Nulty Director, Ellie Coombs says “It’s not often you get a project right on your doorstep. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to collaborate with our local community and be part of the development of an urban space that our team know, love and use on a daily basis.”

The Nulty concept brings the tunnel to life through the innovative use of light. Light serves as a canvas for the artwork to be displayed clearly as well as creating visual stimulation for
both artists and visitors.

When designing the lighting scheme three main elements were taken into consideration: The space had to be flexible for future events, the light fittings had to be robust and the scheme had to showcase the unique and ever-changing artwork on the tunnel’s walls.
The lighting design within the tunnel features a theatrical truss suspended down the underpass. Mounted on the truss are a series of spotlights that provide gallery-quality lighting to pick up on the colourful artwork.

Nulty leake steet lighting
During the design process Nulty worked closely with Secure by Design (SBD) to ensure that any light fixtures used within the tunnel could withstand wear and tear. Bespoke spotlights were designed to have an anti-glare cowl, for a more theatrical appearance, along with a secondary glass lens that can be easily removed and cleaned, should fittings be spray painted over.
Linear RGBW (red, green, blue and white) uplights were mounted on top of the truss to illuminate the arched ceiling with a wash of white light and highlight the architecture of the space. The uplights have colour-changing capabilities that can be tailored to create various moods for different events within the tunnel.

Accent lighting is provided by light fixtures that have been carefully mounted at the base of the arches, above the nearby retail units, to celebrate the curved architecture of the space.

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