Exterior Lighting Design: St Nicholas Church, Gloucester City Centre, Gloucestershire
This abandoned church sits in the heart of Gloucester City Centre and was to be lit to change the perception of its use, to allow business to take place internally and to provide a landmark at night to in coming visitors as its spire can be seen for miles when approaching the City.
Be sympathetic to the original use, to ensure bats and other ecology are not hindered by the new lighting and to enliven its external image so that its stood out from the surroundings and yet did not increase light pollution in the area. Planners, ecologists, historic England and other interested parties all needed different things from the design and delivery of the scheme would mean getting everyone’s approval. The building is listed so that also presented challenges with mounting luminaries on a decorative and protected façade.
Colour was used internally to illuminate the windows so that it resembled stained glass. Most of the churches stained glass had been removed so this meant it does…..Ltd could inject some interest back in to the large leaded windows. The outside top sections of the spire were lit with white LED and brought out the features of the decorative architecture. The ledges which were higher up enabled the luminaires to be hidden which kept the historians happy as the visual integrity of the church was not compromised. The project will be installed in 2016.
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