Walled City Lighting project
The current Walled City is one of the most complete in the British Isles and the only complete Walled City in Ireland. Given its unique status, the Walled City has been designated by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board as one of the five signature tourism projects for Northern Ireland.
This world class project includes creative lighting solutions that enhance the night time visual appeal of the city’s key cultural, heritage and tourism assets including St Columb’s Cathedral, First Derry Presbyterian Church, the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall, the Playhouse, Aras Colmcille and the Guildhall.
DETI Minister Arlene Foster pressed the ‘on’ button in Londonderry to launch the illumination of the famous City Walls, she said “In this UK City of Culture year it is pleasing to see that – quite literally – the spotlight is on the Walled City once again. The fact that key elements of Londonderry’s built heritage are now visually enhanced in the hours of darkness can only offer differentiation for the tourism product and encourage visitors to spend more time in the city.”
The project has been shortlisted for the Lighting Design Awards 2014 and will compete against prestigious projects such as the KIPCO Tower Kuwait, Melbourne Crown Casino and One Angel Square, Manchester.
- Challenging Project completed on the entire mile long length of the city walls. The walls remained open to local people and tourists throughout the construction period
- This project had a major interface with the on-going life of the city. We scheduled works on the walls so as to minimise disruption to public events and festivals held on the walls
- The project started with extensive stakeholder liaison with the owners and users of the featured buildings
- Work required under road crossings was completed out of hours to ensure minimal disruption to the business and retail community
- Trenchless technology was used to minimise disruption to the city walls and numerous historic artefacts dating from the 17th Century when the walls were built
- Traditional lime mortar was used for the reinstatement of areas where lights were placed, making use of the traditional construction skills gained when working on the award winning St Columb’s Cathedral and First Derry Presbyterian Church
|Gillespie & Cummings
|Derry City Council