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Blue Boar Wharf Crane, Rochester Riverside

Prize(s) Winners in Spectrum Lighting
Company It Does Lighting Ltd
Lead Designers Lorraine Calcott
Other Designer's names Barry Crook
Client Countryside
Photo Credits Lorraine Calcott
Other Credits a joint venture between Countryside and Hyde, and in partnership with Medway Council
Completion Date 9th June 2022
Project Location Rochester, Kent, UK
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Entry Description

The 200-tonne, 170ft Blue Boar Wharf shipping crane was originally one of a pair built in 1957. Dismantled in 2006 to allow the construction of the new river wall. In 2007, one crane was reassembled & re-painted before being erected at the edge of Rochester Riverside, Kent. Lighting this imposing structure we aimed to reveal its industrial nature & provide a visually arresting focal point for the local community.Ecology & the proximity of residents were the main priorities due to the crane’s location, so a suitably sympathetic design was needed. Bathed in soft blue wash of LED, with the exception of the internal spaces within the cab area, we used parts of the spectrum that limit adverse effects on ecology & human receptors to reveal the crane's industrial nature. With strong shadows exposing the skeleton-like form & sharp, hulking lines. Due to the heritage status, mounting positions were restricted but we still ensured most luminaires are invisible from the ground. The design blends five shades of 'perceived' blue, with the 480nm part of the spectrum removed.The full-colour dynamic LED system with lighting control gives the flexibility to use this landmark to mark special events.