All Souls Church

London- Architectural Lighting

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All Souls Church

Client Overview

Designed by King George IV’s favourite architect John Nash, All Souls is a ‘Waterloo’ church, built in 1823 and the last surviving John Nash church. Constructed from Bath stone, the design combines a graceful 160ft Gothic style spire and a classical rotunda ‘body’.

Project Brief

LTP Integration completed the specification, supply and installation of an elegant white lighting scheme for the Grade I listed All Soul’s Church in Langham Place, just off Regent Street, in central London’s famous Marylebone district.

LTP was contacted by designers LUXX, who we have worked with on numerous innovative architectural lighting projects. They asked the team to project manage, co-ordinate and commission the lighting once the installation was complete.

The front of the building was lit in three sections – the lower rotunda and entrance, the upper rotunda, and the spire. Creatively underpinning the whole lighting scheme was the imperative to be subtle and understated.

Technical Solutions

The principal spire lighting scheme consisted of searchlights that were chosen for their marine-grade durability, and because they light each spire facet with no discernable hotspots or tail off light output. The base of the top element of the spire was illuminated by the reflected light from the spire, giving a softer and contrasting glow to the sharp white shaft of the spire.

The key fixtures used on the upper rotunda were Meyer Superlight narrow beam floodlights, picked for durability. The three-metre high louvers ensconced between each facet were internally lit by EncapSulite fluorescent fittings, giving a broad flat light output through the louvers.

The balustrade at this level was also backlit, simultaneously providing the sole source of indirect lighting for the main upper rotunda façade. Three additional lights were also placed at this level, highlighting the refurbished clocks.

The lower rotunda was primarily lit from behind each of its 10 columns with more narrow beam Meyer Superlight fixtures. The resulting reflected light also lifted the remaining inner wall of the rotunda, and the downcasts of light bouncing off the pillars bathe the steps in light.

The other element of ground floor lighting was the illumination of the stone sculpture capitals (each including three gargoyles) at the top of each pillar. The capitals are Ionic in design and complete with unusual winged headed cherubs, based on a design by Michelangelo.

The brief was to do this with absolute minimum impact on the building aesthetics, leaving the light sources virtually invisible, so LTP Integration specified three points of fibre optic per capital as the light source.

The project took four years to come to realisation, but there was no hesitation in getting the installation signed off because of the meticulous attention to detail on completely concealing the light sources from view.

Outcome

The aim of the lighting design was to ensure the church’s own identity and natural beauty shone through in a seamless amalgamation of well applied effects, utilising both direct and indirect light-sources. LTP Integration met this brief by carefully specifying products that worked with the design, and effectively managed the installation from concept to completion.

Key Products

  • Stralux ARC 150W searchlights
  • EncapSulite MT50 IP67 rated fluorescents
  • Meyer Superlight medium/ narrow beam angled 70 Watt discharge sources
  • 150 Watt discharge fibre optic sources

Client Comment

"Bridges are always very special structures to light, as lighting is a finishing touch that has great public appeal as well as practical value. We particularly enjoyed the challenges that this project threw up, using our extensive knowledge of bridge structure lighting to develop bespoke architectural solutions." - Keith Elms (Business Manager, LTP Integration)