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Piccadilly Lights

London

Oakmont undertook works for Land Securities at the Piccadilly Lights in London which were critical to the replacement of the iconic advertising screens.

Works were located in two areas and included structural alterations to the late 19th Century Malvern House to create a new ‘clean’ plant room with new power supplies and control panels for the screen.

At roof level, we removed the old maintenance cradle and track to form a new supporting steel structure, concrete deck, maintenance track and new roof finishes.

All works were carried out over the occupied Gap and Boots retail units on Piccadilly Circus, and in close liaison with the screen installer.

As part of the works, the original advertising boards were required to be switched off.  The switch off for the replacement was the longest period they have been turned off in their 109-year history, with previous instances including the 1940’s Blitz, Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral, and Princess Diana’s funeral, so there was a large media interest, and a commemorative event took place at both the switching off and at upon their return.

This iconic London landmark makes digital history as the screen, at nearly 800 square meters, is currently Europe’s largest 4K digital screen.

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