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114 PROJECT / THE MONUMENT, LONDON
MONUMENTAL
London landmarkThe Monument hasbenefitedfroma
sympatheticlightingschemebyUKlightingconsultancy
LightBureau
Project Details
The Monument, London
Client: City Of London
Lighting Design: Light Bureau (Paul Traynor, Paul Nulty, Tim Burrell-
Saward)
Architect: Julian Harrap Architects
Main Contractor: CWO
Lighting Suppliers: Mike Stoane Lighting, Encapsulite UK, AC/DC
Sir Christopher Wren’s flame-topped Monu- with minimum visual intrusion; special
ment to the Great Fire of London in 1666 linear LED sources were designed to the
is the tallest isolated stone column in the same profile and dimension as the iron stair
world. Completed in 1677, The Monument balustrade spindles. Finished in the same
stands 202 ft high and is positioned 202 ft colour and fixed by metal straps, the new
from the spot in Pudding Lane on which the lighting is barely noticeable to visitors.
Great Fire is believed to have started. Every The interior of the stair is re-finished as it
year, over 100,000 visitors climb the 311 was originally in a limed wash, giving excel-
spiral steps to the Monument’s observation lent reflectance and making best use of the
gallery to enjoy unique and exhilarating indirect lighting solution that Light Bureau
views across the Capital. designed for the space. For interest, light
The new lighting carries with it the advan-The refurbishment programme worth £4.5m has been designed to the interior of the
tages of very low energy use (approximatelyhas recently been completed with Light flaming urn at the top of the column and to
1.3kW total – about half the energy usedBureau, working closely with conserva- the crypt below the stair – areas that are
to boil a kettle), longevity and minimumtion specialists Julian Harrap Architects, not publicly accessible can now be seen by
maintenance.responsible for all internal lighting upgrades visitors.
Light Bureau’s Paul Traynor is very happyto what is arguably one of the nation’s most Little information or guidance is avail-
with the resultant scheme. “The architectimportant cultural and heritage icons. able for heritage projects of this kind and
involved us knowing that specialist lightingRepresenting a unique challenge, the ques- the designers elected to keep illumination
advice was key to a successful renovationtion was how should one light a structure levels to a bare minimum - approximately
project. The design has been well received,which pre-dates electric lighting by more 50 lux average. Light Bureau solved the
presenting as it does an ultra discrete,than two centuries? The old scheme was emergency lighting problem as discretely
sympathetic and sustainable light to thetypically unsympathetic, utilising as it did as possible by advocating a central battery
interior of the tower.”large and unsightly bulkhead fittings. Light system that feeds 25% of the standard LED
www.lightbureau.comBureau set out to create a new solution balustrade sources.
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