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New Spinnaker Tower Lighting System to Launch at Free Public Event

Published: 6th November 2019 18:36

Portsmouth City Council has announced the launch date of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower's new and upgraded lighting system which will feature in a spectacular public light show.

On the 15th of November, members of the public will be able to view the Emirates Spinnaker Tower's incredible new lighting capabilities for the first time since upgrade work was completed.

Gunwharf Quays' free Light Show Spectacular will feature the iconic attraction's new lighting system and will run across nine consecutive evenings at specific times.

Portsmouth City Council's in-house Mechanical and Electrical team managed the lighting upgrade project which saw the outdated system replaced with 96 energy efficient LED lights and control system.

The new system will now save £28,000 a year in maintenance costs and will increase the efficiency and lifetime of the lights. A dynamic control system will now enable real time interaction with the lighting whilst being able to control the lights remotely.

Light sequences can now be programmed for specific events or occasions and can be set to music for cinematic effect. The dynamic system is now 'future-proof', allowing for the addition of further lighting and technologies to further advance its capabilities.

Following the completion of the project Cllr Steve Pitt said:

"As one of the most iconic landmarks on the South Coast, we have a duty to ensure the Spinnaker Tower continues to be a World Class tourist destination and place for residents to visit.

This major upgrade illustrates how we continue to be proactive in finding new ways to improve our buildings and attractions whilst simultaneously looking to save energy and money.

The new capabilities of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower lights are truly breath-taking and we look forward to being able to show residents exactly what it can do."

Light shows will run from 15th November to the 23rd November with the theme of 'Journey Into Winter'. Shows will run daily, at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm from Sunday to Thursday, and at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Following this event the Emirates Spinnaker Tower will then run light shows every evening, from sun-set until 11pm on the hour.

Hoare Lea designed the new lighting system following a specification from Portsmouth City Council's in-house Mechanical and Electrical team. The system was then installed over the course of September and October by Schneider Electric.

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