PLANS have been unveiled for a permanent light installation at Durham’s railway arches of Durham’s historic viaduct.

The developers of Milburngate and Lumiere producers Artichoke alongside Lumiere commissioner Durham County Council are joining forces to create the new public work of of art.

As part of Lumiere in November the arches were home to Arclight, by artist Vicky Hay.

Following its success, Artichoke will now be engaging with artists to design a new, permanent light installation at the arches adjacent to the roundabout alongside the Railway Station. It is planned to be completed in autumn 2018.

The new installation is sponsored by the developers of Milburngate, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons family, who are long-term supporters of Lumiere. Allan Cook, managing director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “The viaduct is a much loved land mark of Durham and this installation will lift its prominence in keeping with the iconic Castle and Cathedral as well as highlighting the continuing cultural impact of Lumiere on the city.”

He added:“We are very proud to again be working with Artichoke and Durham County Council to create this piece of Lumiere legacy, which will continue to help shine a light on our beautiful and vibrant city.”

Sarah Coop, development director at Artichoke said: “The developers of Milburngate have been terrific supporters of Lumiere from the beginning, and again in 2017, and we’re thrilled to be working with them and Durham County Council on a permanent light installation at the arches.”

County council leader, Councillor Simon Henig, said: “Every Lumiere leaves a lasting effect on our county, local businesses and the many thousands of people who are drawn to the light festival.

“That’s why it’s wonderful to have a permanent installation to light up the viaduct along this beautiful section of our railway network, and cement Durham’s status as a place of light.”