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Calgary’s Centre Street Bridge comes alive

A new LED lighting system on the historic Centre Street Bridge in downtown Calgary, enhances one of the city's most important  historic assets. The LED lighting washes the four arched spans of the 1916 to the Beaux-Arts landmark with warm...


Centre Street Bridge in Calgary with its new LED lighting.  Photograph courtesy Lighting Design Innovations by studio 1826, Michael Heywood.
Centre Street Bridge in Calgary with its new LED lighting. Photograph courtesy Lighting Design Innovations by studio 1826, Michael Heywood.

A new LED lighting system on the historic Centre Street Bridge in downtown Calgary, enhances one of the city’s most important  historic assets. The LED lighting washes the four arched spans of the 1916 to the Beaux-Arts landmark with warm white light. The new lighting also dramatizes four large lions that stand on guard on pavilions at each end.

The 396-metre bridge crosses the Bow River to connect downtown Calgary with Crescent Heights. It is also a gateway to the city’s Chinatown.

Lighting Design Innovations designed the new lighting. Stebnicki + Partners were the electrical engineers.Simpson Roberts Architecture Interior Design was the preservation architect.

The project is part of an ongoing initiative by the city to animate the city’s urban environment by applying decorative lighting to architecture and preserving heritage resources.

The Centre Street Bridge renovations were recognized by the Calgary Heritage Authority earlier this year, winning the 2012 Lion Award Winner in New Construction.

The bridge was last renovated in 2001 when HPS luminaires were added, rendering the bridge in an amber colour, and leaving the lions (which are modelled on lion statues in London’s Trafalgar Square) unlit.