Hereford Cathedral

Light Perceptions

Built: Origins C11th with additions completed C16th
Listed: Grade I
Project Type: Interior Relighting Project
Project cost: circa £800,000 ex VAT & Fees
Completed: May 2015
Case Study No: 3435

There has been a place of worship on the site since at least the 8th century although no part of the earliest building survives. Today’s cathedral is, in essence, a 12th-century Romanesque church to which later features have been added – including the magnificent Lady Chapel, the crypt and the east transepts. The upper chancel was also remodelled creating a new Gothic vault and clerestory.

The new lighting scheme, finished in mid-2015 in time for the Three Choirs Festival, blends the latest in LED lighting technology with the careful design of a pair of magnificent pendants that hang in the transepts.

Wall brackets in the same style as the pendants light the east transepts and Retroquire and carefully concealed uplighting brings the finely carved arches and stone carvings to life.

The installation was completed over an 18 month period which allowed the Cathedral to remain open all year round with only minor alterations to its very busy schedule.

Posted On: September 26, 2016