State-of-the art LED lighting units will be installed in St Andrews Cathedral grounds, illuminating the west and east gables, the nave (the walls between the two gables), and St Rule's Tower. The photo at the top of this page (provided courtesy of Spencer Bentley) shows the west gable in the foreground, with the twin-spired east gable to the rear and St Rule's Tower* on the right.
The much-improved power and energy efficiency of modern LED lights means that fewer lights will be required than for the previous Cathedral lighting system (which had become defunct and was removed around a decade ago). In addition, LEDs use far less electricity, and their bulbs last much longer, than was the case for old-generation floodlights - making this project good news for the environment as well!
See the slideshow below for some examples!
*NB - the lighting units planned for the base of St Rule's Tower will be installed subject to the outcome of a bat ecology survey planned for summer 2017. We love bats and would never do anything which might jeopardise their wellbeing! Historic Environment Scotland has given planning consent for all of the other lighting units proposed for the main part of the Cathedral, and has confirmed that no bats will be affected by these lights.
Who else is involved?
St Andrews Partnership is working closely with the property's custodians, Historic Environment Scotland, to ensure that the new lights are properly installed and then regularly inspected and maintained throughout their lifetimes (guranteed to be a minimum of 15 years).
St Andrews Cathedral is a building of international historic importance, and so it will be vital that the lighting scheme's impacts are kept to a minimum. Accordingly, it has been decided that the new units will be sited on the exact sites of previous lighting installations, thus minimising ground disturbance, visual intrusion and other impacts to the historic property. The new cabling will use the underground routes used by previous cabling. The installation of lighting will require 'Scheduled Monument Consent' and this is currently being applied for.
We will be working with specialist lighting companies - some of the worldwide leaders in their field - to ensure that the lights are installed and maintained to the highest possible standards:
Philips Lighting will be supplying the LED lights (NB - clicking on the link will download their brochure in pdf format). An extended warranty will mean that the system will be guaranteed for 15 years.
Lite Ltd will procure and install the lights, and will provide maintenance and support services for 15 years.
R B Grant Ltd will provide local electrical services. They have a detailed knowledge of the St Andrews Cathedral site and will liaise closely with Historic Environment Scotland's staff.
Click here to read more about the St Andrews Partnership. Registered Charity No SC041684.