Building Tour: Illu­mi­nat­ed Riv­er with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

Take a tour of the Illuminated River project with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.


06:30pm, Thursday, 14 November 2019


08:00pm, Thursday, 14 November 2019

Tour Guides:

Douglas Inglis


Duration: 1.5 hrs

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

Tickets: £8 // AF Members and Supporters can receive 20% Discount with code

Start: Meet at the entrance concourse of Blackfriars Station, Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 3DD

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Illu­mi­nat­ed Riv­er is an ambi­tious, new pub­lic art com­mis­sion which will trans­form the cap­i­tal at night, light­ing up to 15 bridges on the Riv­er Thames. Once com­plete, it will be the longest pub­lic art project in the world, seen over 130 mil­lion times each year dur­ing its 10 year lifespan.

Conceived by internationally-acclaimed artist Leo Villareal and British architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, and delivered by the Illuminated River Foundation, the artwork has been sensitively developed, paying attention to heritage, wildlife and the built environment to create something exceptional – a transformation that celebrates the role that the Thames bridges play in the enduring global identity of London, and encourages people to enjoy the river and riverside at night.

The realisation of the project has involved a unique collaboration of London’s creative talent, statutory bodies and local communities and will leave a lasting legacy for the capital in the form of a dynamic public artwork, refocusing and celebrating the Thames bridges as social, historical and architectural landmarks.

Illuminated River is a beacon of London’s creativity, ambition and spirit, free and accessible for all to view. Apart from an initial investment of £250,000 from the Olympic Reserve towards the costs of an international competition to light the bridges, Illuminated River is funded through philanthropic sources, and will continue to seek the balance from private sources rather than the public purse.


Douglas Inglis

Douglas is a Director at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands with wide-ranging experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams on technically challenging projects across the cultural, education and housing sectors. He is particularly adept at managing multiple projects through the construction process. He is the director in charge of the Illuminated River through installation, working with the artist’s team, bridge owners and contractors to ensure this unique project is delivered seamlessly. On the former Olympic site in Stratford, Douglas has been leading the post-Games legacy phase works of residential buildings, including two towers of 450 apartments and UCL Pool Street East, an academic and student residential building forming the first phase of the Universities’ new East London campus.