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New lighting system to illuminate Newcastle's Chinatown district

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government

New lighting system to illuminate Newcastle's Chinatown district New lighting system to illuminate Newcastle's Chinatown district

The attractions of Newcastle's Chinatown district will shine brighter than ever following the installation of an eye-catching new themed lighting system, which will enhance its status as one the of city’s most distinctive cultural quarters.

Newcastle City Council has installed 22 Chinese-style lanterns on properties on both sides of Stowell Street at a cost of £160,000, to enhance the cultural identity of the street and make it a more exciting place to visit.

The official switch-on of the lights will be conducted by the Lord Mayor in June once all work has been completed.

The Chinese style lanterns feature state-of-the-art metal halide lighting, which give out a natural white light, upgrading the system installed in the 1980s and substantially improving the ambience of the area.

The work forms part of the Newcastle Chinatown Masterplan, a partnership between the city council and the North East Chinese Association in Newcastle.

Meldrum Construction were responsible for the installation of the lanterns which were designed and manufactured by Mike Smith Design Ltd and the electrical works on Stowell Street was carried out by Southern Electrical Contracting.  White Young Green have provided structural and electrical advice throughout the contract.

The project has been developed and managed by officers of the Environment and Regeneration Directorate of Newcastle City Council. Extensive consultation with the local community has been undertaken to identify key issues and opportunities for the regeneration of the area, where a thriving Chinese community was first established in the early 1970s.

Some improvements have already been achieved, with the installation of the Chinese Ceremonial Arch in January 2005. The council and Chinese community are maintaining the pace of renovation with further proposals to light the arch and upgrade public realm and refuse collection/storage.
 

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