Southbank Tower – London


Architect: Kohn Pederson Fox
Developer: CIT
Main Contractor: Mace
Airspace Protection Lighting: Medium Intensity ICAO Type C


Height: 155m
Floor Count: 41
Materials: Steel and Glass
CEL Aviation Lighting: CEL-MI-2KR-48

Located in Central London on the River Thames at the Southside of Blackfriars Bridge this architecturally designed residential tower has grown an additional 11 floors to a total of 41 floors.

Formerly known as Kings Reach Tower, a 31 story 1970s office block, it has now been transformed into a new taller desirable residential and mixed use development.

At a new height of 155 meters the South Bank Tower is now captured by mandatory aircraft warning lighting regulations for en-route obstacles. The CAA Air Navigation Order Art. 219 / 222 demands medium intensity aviation lighting at the top and intermediary levels downwards at a maximum separation of 52m down to ground.

CEL aviation lighting specialists were recommended by Grontmij (now Sweco) to advise, design and supply the necessary expertise and compliant products to achieve the required aviation safeguarding from aircraft and helicopter traffic routing along the River Thames.

Medium Intensity lighting was deployed at the roof and at an intermediary level at level 28. All obstruction lighting is LED offering long lifetime and reliability. All the red aviation lights are controlled and monitored by the obstruction light CSW controllers and system linked to the BMS (building management system).