Sydney’s NorthConnex Tunnel wins international lighting award

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Sydney’s NorthConnex motorway tunnel has received a prestigious award at the International Association of Lighting Designers Awards.

The Excellence Award recognises the Sydney tunnel’s lighting – which was designed not just for aesthetic reasons but to keep drivers engaged – as design that represents excellence in aesthetic and technical design achievement.

Transurban NSW Group Executive, Michele Huey, said the award puts the 9km tunnel on the global map.

“Since it opened in October, drivers on our city’s newest motorway have loved driving under the lighting displays, and now the experts agree,” Ms Huey said.

“The Excellence Award recognises lighting design that reaches new heights, moves beyond the ordinary and represents excellence in aesthetic and technical design achievement.

“Not only has the lighting turned up the safety and experience of drivers, it has also created a recognisable brand and identity for NorthConnex.

Ms Huey said the radiant lighting displays were installed after extensive research to help keep drivers alert and engaged.

The tunnels are equipped with an innovative advanced LED lighting system to ensure motorists can safely transition from bright daylight to the darker interior tunnel section.

The award also reflects the contribution of Transurban’s partners including NorthWestern Roads Group, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Queensland Investment Corporation, designers LuxPopuli and construction contractor Lendlease Bouygues Joint Venture.

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