Riverside Restaurant, Richmond

Riverside Restaurant

This stunning riverside restaurant on the Thames was in need of expert help: they were seeking retrospective planning permission, and had to demonstrate sensitive external lighting within it. They needed to strike a balance between adequate lighting for their dining areas, with zero light spillage into the river, which boasts much aquatic biodiversity, wildlife, birdlife, and commuting and foraging bats.

We collaborated and coordinated with ecologist consultancy Ecology-By-Design to conduct a lighting survey of this area of river, and then created a unique technical lighting strategy that would meet both needs: illuminating the dining areas, with zero light spillage and light pollution into the river to disturb the local ecology and ecosystems. The strategy included an isolux contour map, with measures to avoid and limit the impact of light pollution from artificial light.

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