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Light fantastic for city pavement
Demolition work at Drake's Circus
Redevelopment work in Plymouth is well under way
A pioneering lighting system is being installed in Plymouth's redeveloped city centre.

A network of LED lights are being fitted into the surface of the paving on the city's Armada Way - over 40 of which will change colour.

There will also be eight sensors which will be triggered as pedestrians walk past, activating combinations of 256 different lighting shows.

The work is all part of the first phase of the "Mackay" vision for Plymouth.

'A UK first'

In 2003 renowned urban planner David Mackay was commissioned to come up with plans for a long-term vision for the city.

The Barcelona-based architect said he wanted to retain the best of the 1940s Abercrombie master plan, the blueprint from which Plymouth was rebuilt after World War II.

Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans said: "This lighting scheme is a UK first and is another step towards putting Plymouth in a formidable position as one of the most vibrant and innovative cities in Europe."

The redevelopment of the Drake Circus area of the city is also well under way with the 170m shopping centre made up of 45 new shops, cafes and restaurants set to be complete by late 2006.




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