Oxford Street Christmas Lights Competition

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Oxford Street Christmas Lights Competition

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6 Feb 2018

Oxford Street Christmas Lights Competition

RIBA Competition: Oxford Street launches global call for the redesign of its world renowned Christmas lights

Oxford Street launches global call for the redesign of its world renowned Christmas lights
For the first time in history, Oxford Street will be launching a global call for the redesign of its world famous and universally loved Christmas lights.

The launch of Oxford Street’s first Christmas lights over fifty years ago was a revolutionary event. Oxford Street is now synonymous with Christmas, with many visitors making the trip to the capital so they can glimpse the famous lights while enjoying shopping and leisure time. In 2018, Oxford Street will once again use the power of light to capture the world’s imagination, by encouraging local and international designers to submit their work for the chance to have it featured on an iconic, global stage this festive season.

Oxford Street and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are calling for experienced lighting designers and architectural specialists from the UK and beyond to enter a global competition to design the most inspiring and innovative Christmas lights.

The competition is being led by New West End Company, in conjunction with Transport for London (TFL) and Westminster City Council. An esteemed, innovative panel have been selected to judge the competition. The world class judging panel includes:

• Anya Hindmarch, Designer and Trustee of Royal Academy Development Trust
• Chris Wilkinson, Architect and founder of WilkinsonEyre
• Justine Simons, London Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries
• Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive Officer, New West End Company
• Councillor Robert Davis, Deputy Leader, City of Westminster
• Jill Entwistle, Editor, Light Magazine

Oxford Street Lights London

The initial phase of this competition will require lighting designers and architectural specialists, interested in being involved in this first of its kind project, to submit an anonymous design proposal by 26 March 2018.

Four shortlisted designers will then progress to the final round and be given the opportunity to develop their designs and present to the panel. Designers will receive an honoraria payment of £3,000 +VAT for their work in this round.

Following the competition, the chosen winner will bring their design to life on Oxford Street and in the surrounding areas.

Jace Tyrrell, CEO, New West End Company says, “During the festive season, the 40 million visitors who visit London’s West End expect to see a vibrant display of light and colour.”

Chris Wilkinson, OBE, Director, Wilkinson Eyre and RIBA Adviser says, “This is a great opportunity for designers to present their creative ideas for the Christmas Lighting in the Oxford St District and to make a spectacular show for everyone to enjoy.”

Our global call for concepts for the redesign of Oxford Street’s Christmas lights will ensure that the 2018 reveal moment is the most spectacular to date, bringing more visitors than ever to London’s West End so they can be the first to see the new lights for themselves .”
For further information and to enter the competition please visit: www.architecture.com/competitions

Background

New West End Company
New West End Company is the management and promotional company for London’s retail heartland. The Company promotes, manages and enhances the world’s top shopping destination.
Its aims are to build the West End’s global reputation, create a world renowned visitor experience and to attract investment and spend to an area which drives London’s economy.

New West End Company is Europe’s largest Business Improvement District (BID). A not-for-profit company funded by 600 businesses across Bond Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street and 22 connecting streets. The area turns over £8bn annually with a property value of £4bn and our businesses employ over 150,000 people.

For more information: www.newwestend.com or @newwestend

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Oxford Street Christmas Lights Competition Design
3DReid one of four designs shortlisted in the architectural competition for the redesign of Oxford Street’s word-famous Christmas lights.


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