Pier Approach

Bournemouth Borough Council’s £4m phase one regeneration of Pier Approach kick-starts a long term programme of regeneration for the whole seafront. 

The Pier Approach project ‘virtually’ reconnects the Bourne stream and Lower Gardens with the seafront for the first time in more than 100 years.  A key part of this is the new lighting installation.

Partnerships are critical to the delivery of any solution. During this project we worked closely with Lighting Designers Michael Grubb Studio to deliver their vision for Bournemouth. The installation was contracted to Urbis Schréder by Lowe and Oliver, a sub-contractor to principle contractor Willmott Dixon.

Urbis Schréder supplied and installed 14 x 7m and 2 x 25m timber columns.  The columns incorporated LED lighting with RGBW fittings and multi-gobo projectors.  Custom features such as the LED rims on the 25m columns and acrylic finials, as well as internal power supplies and DMX control systems, were developed specifically to meet the client’s requirements.

One of the main components of the project has been the introduction of new low-energy dynamic lighting which aims to encourage locals and visitors to remain at the Pier later into the evening.  Bournemouth Borough Council also anticipates the project will encourage additional private investment in the area, creating more local jobs.


For further information on Michael Grubb Studio visit https://www.michaelgrubbstudio.com/portfolio/pier-approach-lower-gardens/


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Bournemouth Borough Council


Lighting Designer: Michael Grubb Studios
Contractor : Lowe and Oliver / Willmott Dixon