An interactive, LED-lit, halo device that will help people find their way around Croydon’s changing streetscape has been crowned winner of the Croydon i-street competition.

The halos which come in three forms – a simple ring, a ribbon and a clover – are designed to hover above street level, suspended by cables from nearby buildings or metal poles. Their LED displays will deliver a range of information from wayfinding, locations of local landmarks and the time, to information about local events or the weather.

The striking displays also have the ability to turn an area of pavement into a temporary stage perfect for street theatre, by projecting light down on to the street as well as up into the sky to promote the fact a performance is taking place.

The concept was submitted by a multi-disciplinary team – consisting of vPPR Architects, Twelve Studio and HTS Structural Engineers – that took up the challenge to come up with a state-of-the-art piece of tech that, as well as being a useful directional tool for visitors, was interactive and easily adaptable to accommodate Croydon’s rapidly changing streetscape.

Starsongs Comment:- What a great idea – following the success of the Croydon Box Park something finally from Croydon council that will actually ‘brighten’ the lives of Croydonians. What we want now is for the two day music festival in LLoyd Park to be re instated please. For those that don’t remember it, the Summer festival was a brilliant muli-cultural music event for families and citizens of ALL ages which Croydon Council (in its wisdom) decided to axe a few years ago. It was one of the highlights of Croydon’s social calendar, with a Funfair, Morris Dancers, Craft Stalls, events for children and most importantly from our viewpoint:- Live Music of all genres, where local bands would perform as well as International artists who included:- The Proclaimers, Eddie Reader and legendary actor and singer/songwriter Jimmy Cliff  (who few in especiall from Jamaica) toname but a few big names that performed for us, and all this was free for the people to enjoy. What a magnificently ground breaking council we had back then!