Tower Bridge gets ready to switch lights on to dazzle 2012 Olympics

A planning application to put Tower Bridge at the heart of celebrations for the 2012 Olympics has been revealed today (Monday) by City Hall.

It involves installing giant Olympic rings on the world’s most iconic bridge next to the Tower of London.

The planning application follows a deal last month by Boris Johnson between City Hall, the City of London Corporation and London 2012 partners EDF and GE to install a state-of-the-art lighting system to help cut carbon and reduce energy costs.

“Tower Bridge is set to play a starring role in these once-in-a-lifetime celebrations,” said the Mayor. “The plans will secure a legacy for one of London’s best loved landmarks.”

Planning details were submitted today which show proposals for Tower Bridge to feature the Olympic rings and Paralympic Agitos during the 45 days of the Games next summer, similar to the rings already installed at St Pancras station.

The scheme includes evening displays during the Games using gold, silver and bronze effects to mark sporting medal successes.

Work could start by September and be completed next spring, in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations as well as the Olympics.