Birmingham Cathedral

Light Perceptions

Built: Origins C18th, Thomas Archer
Listed: Grade I
Project Type: Interior Relighting Project 
Project cost: circa £200,000.00 ex VAT & Fees
Completed: December 2015
Case Study No: 3226

Built in 1715 as the new parish church “on the hill”, St Philip’s is a rare and fine example of elegant English Baroque architecture. Designed by It is Grade 1 listed and one of the oldest buildings in the city still used for its original purpose. Fascinating both inside and out, the cathedral is home to some remarkable treasures (not least the inspiring stained-glass windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones) and amazing stories, all set amongst the daily rhythm of people criss-crossing this unique part of the city.

Electric lighting was first installed in 1905 and the original chandeliers, in fine local Arts and Crafts artisan style remain today. These fittings have a chequered history, through poor modifications, bomb damage and general wear and tear, they have now been restored to their original state and are the centrepiece of the new lighting scheme which was completed for the three hundredth anniversary of the Cathedral building in October 2015.

The new design also includes lighting for the Burne-Jones windows as well as a versatile exhibition lighting system for the aisles and additional spotlighting for the many concerts and community events that are held in the cathedral.

Posted On: August 8, 2017