City leaders unite to light up Southampton

Well here goes all the new laws on light pollution, Southampton council don’t seem to know the law or general care about people being “blinded”… argh!! time to take action

Southampton City Council Press Releases
An exciting and innovative new project, not seen anywhere else in the world, is being planned for Southampton by city leaders. The project entitled ‘The Southampton Laser Gateway’ will create a monumental landmark for everyone approaching the city by sea, air, car or rail.
Funded through the Southampton Partnership, the city council has been awarded £249,000 to develop this iconic feature in the city centre.
Four lasers will be installed in the Clock Tower of the Civic Centre. They will emanate a 2.7mm diameter beam of light in an east-west and north-south orientation and be visible up to fifteen miles away. It is expected that the lasers will run from dusk to midnight, providing a visual ‘welcome to Southampton’ for miles around.
In keeping with Southampton’s long maritime tradition the lasers will give the visual effect of a lighthouse shining its beams across the city. The inauguration will be timed to coincide with the 95th anniversary commemorations to mark the loss of the R.M.S Titanic.
Councillor Adrian Vinson, Leader of Southampton City Council said: “The laser gateway is a visually dramatic expression of Southampton’s place at the heart of the central south, reflecting our city’s innovative and creative strengths. Investing in the image of our city is extremely important if Southampton is to continue to achieve economic success.”
The Chair of Southampton Partnership, Ros Cassy commented: “This investment of SEEDA funding by the Southampton Partnership is a tangible example of how we are committed to promoting Southampton and its heritage through developing cutting edge projects.
“I am delighted that we have been able to work with a team of people to translate our aspirations for the city into this ground breaking project and really light up the city. Southampton has a proud maritime history and a commitment to innovation. Our laser gateway captures the essence of our city brilliantly.”
Sally Lynskey, CEO of Business Southampton added, “This project is an excellent example of partnership working in Southampton. Each organisation involved is committed to enhancing the city’s image and this stunning landmark is sure to do just that. The Southampton Laser Gateway will be a beacon for the city.”
Jimmy Chestnutt, Director General of Southampton and Fareham Chamber of Commerce said: “The Chamber supports this initiative as the first and highly visible step towards raising Southampton’s profile as a modern, hi-tech, forward thinking, successful city.”
Southampton City Council’s Cabinet is expected to make its decision on January 22.
Media briefing:
Media are invited to an informal briefing regarding the Southampton Laser Gateway at the Civic Centre, Southampton, at 12 midday on Wednesday December 20. Please contact Public Relations on 023 8083 2000 if you would like to attend.
Notes to Editors:
1. An artists impression of how the Southampton Laser Gateway will look and a chart showing the laser’s range are available by contacting Public Relations on 023 8083 2000.
2. A copy of the full Cabinet report can be viewed at:
3. This funding is devolved by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) Area Investment Framework (AIF) to the Southampton Partnership.
SEEDA is a government funded agency set up in 1999 responsible for the economic and social development of the South East of England – the driving force of UK`s economy.
Southampton Partnership is a multi-sector/multi-organisation partnership, which has been established as the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) for the City of Southampton, its broad role is to implement Southampton`s Community Strategy, which sets out a shared vision for the future of the city, by promoting or improving economic, social and environmental well-being.
3. Key facts and figures
Civic Clock Tower = 14m above sea level Laser Source = 48m above ground level, 62m above sea level 2.7mm – Laser beam diameter (millimetres) 275w – Power consumption of each laser (watts) 6 – Power consumption equivalent in computers with monitors 5 to 15 – Anticipated range of lasers (in miles, dependent upon weather conditions)
Laser passes City boundaries at: 520m North 220m South 555m East 440m West
Laser could potentially enter airspace at: 386m New Forest District Council (above Hythe) 497m New Forest District Council (above Eling) 1200m Winchester City Council (above land between Ampfield & Hursley) 1100m Winchester City Council (above land between Shedfield & Wickham) 555m Eastleigh Borough Council 520m Test Valley Borough Council
Heights of Spinnaker Tower 100m Deck 1 105m Deck 2 110m Crows Nest 170m Top of Tower
Other Height Comparisons 135 m London Eye 235 m 1 Canada Square (Canary Wharf) 320 m Eiffel Tower 96m Clock Tower, Palace of Westminster (Big Ben) 123m Salisbury Cathedral


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