Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to renovate Trafalgar Square and install an innovative ‘green’ energy lighting system.
City Hall says the new system will cut the carbon footprint of the fountain lighting by up to 90 per cent leaving to a saving 16,400 kg of carbon every year as well as saving thousands of pounds on energy bills.
Mayor Boris Johnson says: ‘It is tremendously exciting that the world-renowned Trafalgar Square fountains and their statues are set for a makeover ahead of the London Olympics. Millions of visitors to the square, and the myriad of events that it hosts, will benefit from this revamp.
‘As well as being lovingly spruced up, the historic Portland stone, granite and bronze monument is set to go green, with a fabulous set of low energy, cost-saving, coloured LED lights. This will provide state-of-the-art illuminations for the fountains, whilst providing a showcase for low-carbon, energy efficient lighting in the capital.’
The work is expected to take place from March to May 2009. Greater London Authority officials have promised to minimise disruption to users of the square.