Aberdeen in Colour


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Aberdeen in Colour will use creative lighting to showcase the city’s landmarks, civic spaces and streetscape. It will improve wayfinding, enhance cultural experiences, and make the city centre even more welcoming.

It proposes individual schemes for the Castlegate; Union Street; Belmont Street; Langstane Place; Correction Wynd; Golden Square; Wellington and Victoria Bridges; the banks of the River Dee; St Nicholas Kirk; The Green; Donald’s Way; and Adelphi Lane.

The strategy and implementation plan was adopted by the Council in February 2018 and businesses cases will be developed for the schemes.

Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Inspired have agreed to fund the Langstane Place installation, which – subject to the necessary planning permissions – would see custom-made lights suspended above the street.

CCMP Project EN11: “A comprehensive lighting masterplan that identifies lighting proposals to enhance night time safety and improve the vibrancy and attractiveness of the city centre environment at all times of day. Lighting solutions will need to consider energy conservation and reduce light pollution. The opportunity must be taken to achieve emissions reductions through the specification of energy efficient lighting, and introduce intelligent controls to minimize unnecessary lighting and consequential energy inefficiencies.”

Aberdeen in Colour was drawn up by award-winning lighting design consultancy Steensen Varming and informed by a public survey.

SV designed the lighting for Sydney Opera House and has already produced a festive lighting design for The Green (below) in Aberdeen.