Cavenagh Bridge aglow in purple for 150th anniversary of bridge and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Cavenagh Bridge, which is usually lit in different colours, was lit in only purple, which is associated with royalty, for five hours on Wednesday night (July 11).
Cavenagh Bridge, which is usually lit in different colours, was lit in only purple, which is associated with royalty, for five hours on Wednesday night (July 11). ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

SINGAPORE - Singapore’s only suspension bridge, which is usually lit in different colours, was instead lit in only purple for five hours on Wednesday night (July 11).

The colour purple, which is associated with royalty, represented the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, in celebration of its 150th anniversary and the contribution of the surveying profession to Singapore.

Cavenagh Bridge is also celebrating its 150th anniversary. It was designed and built in 1868 by the first Government Surveyor of the Straits Settlements, John Turnbull Thomson, who played a key role in the development of Singapore’s early infrastructure.

"Like the Cavenagh Bridge, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shares a rich history spanning 150 years," said the institution's chief executive Sean Tompkins.

"It is an honour to be sharing our own 150th anniversary milestone with an iconic landmark of Singapore as well as celebrating the contribution of our profession in transforming the built environment."