The Illuminated River International Design Competition

The competition’s unique design challenge is to create an elegant and charismatic light art installation of world-class quality for London’s most celebrated bridges.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project/EOI/PQQ, Restricted, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Lighting
Country London, UK
Registration Deadline 7 July 2016 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 7 July 2016 (via Online)
Eligibility Proposed teams should be organised under a lead designer.

The Illuminated River Foundation and the Mayor of London launched a global search for an outstanding team of artists, designers, engineers, architects, technologists and other specialists to create inspirational light art on London’s bridges to reinvigorate the River Thames at the heart of the capital.
The two-stage Illuminated River International Design Competition will award the commission to create an elegant and charismatic light art installation of world-class quality for all of the 17 road, rail and pedestrian bridges between Albert and Tower (for the full list see Notes to Editors).
The project will provide London with a new – and free – permanent attraction and is being supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders including the Mayor of London, the City of London, Westminster City Council, Transport for London, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Network Rail. Around £20m in funds will be raised, largely from private sources, by the coordinating charity the Illuminated River Foundation, which is supported by the Rothschild Foundation. The competition is being run according to EU procurement guidelines and is independently organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, whose recent work includes competitions for the Museum of London, the gold medal-winning UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 and Tintagel Castle Bridge.

Lord Rothschild, OM GBE (Chairman of RIT Capital Partners plc, Chairman of the Rothschild Foundation)
Hannah Rothschild (Chair, Illuminated River Foundation)
Malcolm Reading (Architect and Competition Director (Professional Chair))
Professor Ricky Burdett (Professor of Urban Studies and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme)
Lucy Musgrave (Director, Publica)
Ralph Rugoff (Director, Hayward Gallery)
Justine Simons OBE (Head of Culture, City Hall, London)

Design commission
An honorarium of £15,000 will be awarded to each of the shortlisted teams following the selection of the winner.

Entry Fee

Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) – Company Information
No more than twelve sides of A4, two main project examples which demonstrate your experience
Team Composition (Relevant Skills)
Media Statement and Images

Shortlist announced: 1 August 2016
Tender stage launched: 1 August 2016
Site visit: w/c 15 August 2016
Final submissions by shortlisted teams: 21 October 2016
Jury interviews: 22 November 2016
Winner announced: 8 December 2016

Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC)

Official Website

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