Weymouth's new £265,000 lights switched on

Weymouth's new £265,000 lights switched on

Published by Maria Greenwood at 3:28pm 14th November 2019. (Updated at 4:30pm 14th November 2019)

28 LED strips will light up Weymouth bay

Weymouth promenade's new £265,000 artistic lights are being officially switched on tonight (Thursday 14th November, 2019).

28 computer-controlled LED strips have been installed between the Pier Bandstand and the Pavilion.

Weymouth bay will now be lit up by a series of lighting programmes inspired by the local community.

The lights will turn on for 30 minutes each day in time with the rising and setting of the sun.

Weymouth Bay - Programe

They will remain on until 11.30pm in the evening during the winter and 1am during the summer.

When the lights are on, they will cycle through 10 unique active scenes that celebrate the elements and activities of Weymouth, with gentle ambient scenes in-between. 

£200,000 of the funding for the project came from a Coastal Communities Fund original grant with Dorset Council (£50,000), Dorset Coast Forum (£5,000), Weymouth BID (£5,000) and Weymouth Town Council (£5,000) providing the rest of the cash.

Jane Biscombe, Weymouth Town Council Clerk said: 

"The lights look fantastic in the tests and we're very much looking forward to the lights becoming a key feature of our town. 

"They're a great, modern addition to the seafront and are truly unique to Weymouth."

The scheme is part of Dorset Coastal Connections, which is a portfolio of 18 connected projects managed by the Dorset Coast Forum.

Its aim is to improve physical, digital and emotional connections to the coast in Dorset, supporting and growing the local economy. 

The Dorset Coast Forum have engaged extensively with the Weymouth community to feed into the design brief which Bounce Back Arts, as local artistic lead, developed. 

Local stakeholder knowledge and community feedback have all been taken into account to help build the lighting design with designers Tonkin Liu.

Peter Christie, Dorset Council Project Engineer, Assets & Property said:

"The collaboration to deliver this partnership project has been fantastic. 

"Following a comprehensive consultation period and development of twelve different lighting scenes designed by Tonkin Liu, Dorset Council and Town Council officers have been working with A.C. Special Projects and Intratest over the past eight weeks. 

"Despite the recent weather challenges, we've completed the project one week ahead of schedule - and on budget."

The project attracted highly skilled designers and lighting specialists that worked closely with the community, councillors and officers to design and install the new lighting scheme. 

Claudia Moore, Chief Operations Officer at Weymouth BID said:

"We Are Weymouth are incredibly proud to have been part of the collaboration that has made this project happen. 

"The designers' work has been informed by the natural rhythms, heritage and culture of Weymouth and this beautiful and adaptable lighting scheme works well with the technical constraints that they faced."

Weymouth Bay - Programe

Mike Tonkin, Director for Tonkin Liu said:

"As a child visiting Weymouth, the seafront was all about the activities and the weather. 

"Tonkin Liu are delighted to be involved in the rejuvenation of Weymouth's Promenade through the new lighting that celebrates and amplifies the people's activities and the ever-changing weather in the evening's lighting with a series of scenes that tell stories about the people and place"

Officers from Weymouth Town Council and Dorset Council are working together to arrange a celebratory event, to be held in December once the general election has taken place.