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Lime: it’s better for buildings – and for the environment

It is now fairly well known that cement is not good for old buildings and that lime mortar should be used. But why? What are the advantages and what are the disadvantages? In order to begin to answer those questions it is necessary to understand the nature of traditional building, the process by which buildings used to be built, and how it differs from modern construction, the process by which we build today.

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CRE postpones Sandown show – but you can still take part at home

Despite the gradual easing of lockdown, it is still unlikely that large-scale indoor events will be permitted in the autumn. CRE National at Sandown Park, Esher, has therefore been postponed for 12 months – until 12-14 October 2021.

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Audio Visual

Audio visual equipment in church buildings

This guidance is issued by the Church Buildings Council under section 55(1)(d) of the Dioceses, Mission and Pastoral Measure 2007. As it is statutory guidance, it must be considered with great care. The standards of good practice set out in the guidance should not be departed from unless the departure is justified by reasons that are spelled out clearly, logically and convincingly.

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Stained Glass

A brief history of stained glass

The origins of the first stained glass windows are lost in history. The technique probably came from jewelry making, cloisonné and mosaics. Stained glass windows as we know them, seemed to arise when substantial church building began.

By the 10th century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes were found in French and German churches and decorative designs found in England.

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New products help to conserve our heritage

Whilst visitors to this website operate in the sector committed to restoring and conserving the historic buildings and artefacts belonging to the past, they are non the less reliant on the very latest products on the market place to perform this task.

Showcased here you will find some of the latest and most innovative new products and services currently available to help us preserve and maintain our heritage for the enjoyment of generations to come.

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Ironwork

A guide to architectural metalwork, wrought iron and its restoration

Our next issue will feature a fascinating insight, exploring metallurgy, production techniques, its architectural and historical context and best practice conservation.

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Decorative Leadwork

Saving the artistry of early craftsmen

Beaten, twisted, cut or cast, ornate designs bear out the skill and artistry of early craftsmen. And surviving examples are under threat.

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Heritage Roofing

Heritage Roofing Register - a helping hand for architects

A unique register of heritage roofing specialists is providing much needed help and assurance for architects and specifiers when working on heritage projects. The Register is the brainchild of the UK’s largest roofing trade association, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC).

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Working in partnership is key to success

This was the key theme in the chairman's introduction to the recent FTMRC statement. Chairman, Trevor Corser, also managing director of JTC Roofing Contractors Ltd, said:

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Lead Roofing

The benefits of lead roofing

 

Lead is one of the oldest materials in the roofing industry and is still commonly used throughout the world today.

Lead roofing is a traditional roofing method which has been used in the industry for hundreds of years, and is therefore proven to be extremely reliable. Lead roofing, and sand-cast lead, in particular is ideal for old buildings such as churches or historical renovations, whereas milled lead roofing is a mass-produced alternative, used for precision and accuracy in homes and commercial buildings alike.

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Tree Care

Tree care and planting in the church and heritage sector

According to a report in The Independent the UK will have to plant 1.5 billion trees if it is to tackle climate change. The London Tree Officers Association has this to say on the subject: "Future Governments are committed to planting trees to reduce carbon emissions, however there is concern that some of these proposals are focussed on a rapid increase without considering the intricate steps that are required to ensure that trees establish and thrive and it is important that this is made clear to avoid good intentions resulting in failure."

Professional advice and expertise needs to be sought and implemented.

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Lead Training

Training at the Lead Sheet Training Academy

The Lead Sheet Training Academy is at the forefront of training for those using lead or hard metals in the construction industry.

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Disabled Access

Are Britain’s heritage attractions inclusive?

Research commissioned by specialist heritage insurer, Ecclesiastical, has revealed many parents of children with special needs feel uncomfortable or unwelcome while visiting museums, art galleries, theatres, stately homes or castles with their children.

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Lightning Protection

When lightning strikes are you protected against this act of God?

The issue of lightning protection in churches is one that has exercised this publication for many years. In this four-part series of spotlights on the issue we will be revisiting various aspects of the subject, beginning with an overview of current thinking.

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British Islamic heritage celebrated by Historic England

In March, two mosques in London were listed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England, in recognition of their historic, architectural and cultural importance.

The London Central Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre in Regent’s Park (1970-77) has been listed at Grade II* and The Fazl Mosque, Southfields (1925-26) at Grade II.

In addition, two of Britain’s earliest Islamic places of worship have been given greater protection and recognition. Britain’s first purpose-built mosque, the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking (1888-89), has been upgraded to Grade I and an important guesthouse on the site newly listed, while the home to Britain’s first functioning mosque, 8 Brougham Terrace in Liverpool, has been upgraded to Grade II*.

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Martin-Brooks finds church past can be read in lead

Sheffield roofing specialists, Martin-Brooks, are adding their name to a roll call of craftsmen who have helped preserve an historic North Yorkshire church.

Whilst reconstructing the tower roof at grade I listed All Saints Church in the village of Bolton Percy, near York, the firm discovered the names of previous workmen engraved into the lead.

As part of the renovation, these areas of the roof were saved by Martin-Brooks and welded back into the new Code 8 lead covering in exactly the same place. A new stainless-steel shoe and lead slate were also incorporated for a flagpole.

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The Lead Sheet Association is now a new Training Academy offering lead and hard metal training

In March The Lead Sheet Association became the Lead Sheet Training Academy Ltd - however, although the name has changed, their focus remains the same. They are dedicated to providing first class training courses delivered by the country’s best tutors from their purpose built training centre in the heart of Kent. Their lead and hard metal training courses are the only courses of their kind which are approved and accredited by City & Guilds and CITB.

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Rejuvenating tired external surfaces does not have to cost a fortune

Most of the discolourations are due to the presence of a biological layer, the biofilm. The appropriate use of a mild surface biocide is often all it takes to recover the original surface in a matter of days, the time it takes for the dead biofilm to disperse.

The biocide has to tick the right boxes for the task, Algoclear Pro - the market leader - is recommended by KRend. 

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A Perry launches new market leading black antique ironmongery range

Reinforcing its long established West Midlands roots, A Perry & Co (Hinges) Ltd, a leading independent, family-owned British manufacturer and supplier, is introducing Old Hill Ironworks, a high-quality door furniture range which specialises in black antique ironmongery originating from the heart of the Black Country.

The products are designed to appeal to consumers through their premium components, superior finish, 12-year mechanical guarantee plus pricing which potentially delivers higher profit margins for distributors and stockists.

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There's more to lightning protection than Franklin could have imagined

Most churches still rely on the traditional ‘tower only’ system of lightning protection, using a conductor mounted on the highest point of the church – the tower or steeple.

However, protection against lightning is also an essential element of the electrical installation of historic buildings of all kinds, many with large and complex structures. The ‘tower only’ system is unlikely to be appropriate and, indeed, the current British Standard BS EN 62305 recommends the more sophisticated Faraday cage system plus surge protection for electrical and telecoms equipment.

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Lightning protection and steeplejacking apprentices honoured at SLPTG Apprentice Awards

Members of The Steeplejack and Lightning Protection Training Group (SLPTG) came together to celebrate the achievements of apprentices at the Apprentice Awards Dinner at the Oxfordshire Hotel on the 28 February.

Two apprentices who demonstrated outstanding individual achievement throughout their training were recognised with the following awards:

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BLM announces photo competition winner

BLM has announced the winner of its inaugural photo competition held to discover the most authentic and diverse aspects of lead in situ.

The competition invited roofing and leadwork contractors to submit images of lead sheet used in a variety of roofing applications from impressive and inspiring projects.Kevin Bennett from K&M Leadwork Ltd was awarded first prize for his restoration of the village hall clock tower in Goring-on-Thames (pictured).

Kevin was appointed by the trustees of Goring-on-Thames Parish Council to undertake the replacement of the iconic local landmark and work to remove the original lead roof began in April 2016. The roof had lasted well but some of the lead detailing required altering to prevent its earlier failure, where the post arms meet the clock tower, from reoccurring. It took Kevin a total of 47 days spread over three months to finish the job due to the fact that the village hall was in use and there were times when no noise was permitted.

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UK Roofing Awards finalists announced at Ecobuild

The finalists for the 2018 UK Roofing Awards have been announced. Beautiful structures, outstanding workmanship, superior problem solving, environmental qualities and contribution to the built environment have all been highlighted in the shortlist, released by NFRC (National Federation of Roofing Contractors) at this year’s ecobuild event.

The awards scheme, which is in its 12th consecutive year, is the most prestigious in the roofing sector and celebrates the very best in the industry across 14 categories.

Ecobuild show attendees also had the opportunity to cast their vote for the Industry Choice Award (sponsored by Radmat Building Products Ltd).

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Enhancing worship in the Heart of England

Nestled in the Parish of Salford Priors in the Heart of England, midway between the towns of Evesham, Stratford-upon-Avon and Redditch, stands St Matthew's Anglican Church.

Mentioned in William the Conqueror’s great survey of 1086, more commonly known as the Domesday Book, the Norman influence can be clearly seen in the architecture of the original church. The south side of the church features an unusual semi octagonal tower which may have been a beacon tower to guide travellers across the often flooded meadows and the rivers Arrow and Avon.

The church continues to be a beacon to the local community and beyond through various activities and services held throughout the week. Recent refurbishments have seen the South Aisle pews replaced with chairs to provide a flexible, inviting space and the platform area has been extended with ramped access included.

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Best-Selling Crematorium Furniture

Rosehill are often the contract furniture supplier of choice for the bereavement and crematorium sector. We’ve been supplying quality furniture to funeral directors across the UK for over 3 decades offering a wide selection of seating and bespoke sanctuary items.

This blog post covers our best-selling items for crematoriums making it easier for you to choose and order your furniture with Rosehill.

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CRE Stories

Audio visual equipment in church buildings 

One recent challenge for DM Music Ltd was undertaking a complete overhaul of the audio system at Guildford Cathedral. This has been part of the Cathedral’s repair work with significant proportion of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The three main challenges for the DM team were to:

  • Offer high intelligibility for the spoken word in a large and reverberant space.
  • Install a discreet but capable audio system that’s architecturally sensitive.
  • Give simplicity in use for regular operators but with flexibility for special events and external groups.

Through careful design, installation and commissioning DM Music have combined technology and experience to deliver a system that goes beyond the requirement. Ultra discreet, high performance speakers, wireless iPad control, digital audio distribution and processing have all played a part in enabling them to deliver a system suited to the Cathedral’s needs, now and for the future.

The key equipment used comprised K-Array discreet speakers and subwoofers, Yamaha MTX Audio Processors and Crestron control / iPad control.

For further information visit www.dmmusic.com

The ‘family GP’ for your church 

What are Quinquennial Inspection Reports?

Under the Inspection of Churches Measure 1955, as amended by the Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991, all consecrated buildings of the Church of England must by law be inspected once in every five years by a registered architect or chartered building surveyor (the ‘Quinquennial Inspector’ or QI) who is approved by the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC). Most other denominations and many secular organisations which are responsible for historic buildings now adopt a similar approach to inspections.

Surrey based chartered surveyors Chawton Hill Associates summarise ChurchCare’s guide on selecting a QI as follows:

  1. The professional should be suitably qualified and ‘whose training, accreditation and experience in buildings conservation corresponds with the complexity and significance of the church building’
  2. If your church is listed (Grade 1 or 2) or classified by the Church Buildings Council as a Major Church, the QI should have demonstrable experience of work with buildings of that listing grade
  3. The person should take time to understand the needs and vision of the parish
  4. Any potential QI should be invited to visit the church and meet members of the PCC or fabric sub-committee before appointment
  5. Inviting 3 candidates to review is good procurement practice
  6. You should check the value of the QI’s professional indemnity insurance (bearing in mind that £250,000 for each claim is a good minimum)
  7. Check the QI’s report format covers the repair of the building, maintenance, sustainability, safety of the structure, unsafe floors and access
  8. Where issues are identified check these will be graded according to the urgency of the repair:
    A – Urgent, requiring immediate attention
    B – Requires attention within 12 months
    C – Requires attention within the next 18 – 24 months
    D – Requires attention within the quinquennial period
    E – A desirable improvement with no timescale
    M – routine items of maintenance

Chawton Hill Associates will be attending this year’s CRE show at Sandown Park in Surrey - Stand S108 (just follow the signs towards Cindy’s Bar at the opposite end of the hall from the main entrance) where you will find information on their extensive ecclesiastical experience and details of their Quinquennial Inspection Report  ‘CRE Show’ special offer.

For further information visit www.chawtonhill.com/quinquennial-inspection-reports

CAVS install new AV system 'seamlessly' at St James Church, Trowbidge

Creative Audio-Visual Solutions (CAVS) are a dedicated church audio and visual supplier working throughout the UK.

The Hertfordshire-based company were recently commissioned to install a new audio and visual system into the Parish Church of St James in Trowbridge. The brief was to ensure that that all new equipment fitted seamlessly into the environment whilst providing the latest technologies for full range worship and advanced multimedia display.

The visual system consists of 3 discreet winched projection screens which hide behind the arches when not in use. These utilise 7,500 and 5,000 projectors for the highest image quality across all sources from words to pictures and video. An HD motorised camera was installed – allowing close-ups of activities to be projected as well as providing the means to record and stream services online. Flexible HDMi connectivity was installed for laptop and ‘comfort’ monitor connection.

The audio system features 12 column array speakers to fit with the pillar décor – sublimated with 2 subwoofers to provide true full range sound amplification. A digital matrix processor ensures the audio system is fully tuned to the room and the likeliness of feedback and other acoustic anomalies is virtually eradicated. A digital mixer with wireless iPAD control was installed allowing for all types of operator and the simple recall for different types of service at the touch of a button. A portable digital stagebox provides up to 16 instrument inputs at the platform for a large worship band.

New radio microphones were installed along with audio playback (including Bluetooth connectivity) and recording systems. Finally, the system equipment was installed within a bespoke console - utilising parts of the church pews to marry effortlessly with the building's aesthetics.

         

For an onsite consultation or for advice on the right equipment for your church call and see CAVS at CRE Sandown, Stand S152 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Local references are available upon request. ‘Like’ them on Facebook (cavsolutions) for the latest installation case studies and product news or visit www.cavsolutions.co.uk

Church furniture specialists provide a Finer product 

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Fullers Finer FurnitureFullers Finer Furniture is based in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset and was established in 1985. From humble beginnings they now design and manufacture church furniture on a national basis. Although they offer furniture both commercially and for the home, it is church furniture that they specialise in. From bespoke items to the award winning gas height adjustable Canterbury Lectern, right through to restoration work and complete reordering of church furniture, Fullers provide a high quality comprehensive service with distinctive attention to detail. 

The award winning Canterbury Lectern and its big brother The York Lectern are gas height adjustable to suit the needs of any congregation. With its stylish design it comes in a number of finishes including oak, ash, beech, mahogany and maple.

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Fullers Finer FurnitureFitted with microphone sockets and the option of an LCD video monitor these fine portable lecterns will fit perfectly into any type of church building. 

They are also able to design and make to order communion tables, fonts, A/V cabinets, table top lecterns, choir frontals, communion rails, flower stands and much more. 

 You can see a video demonstration of the Canterbury and York Lectern's by clicking here.

www.fullersfinerfurniture.co.uk 


Ancient and modern: hi-tech AV company returns to CRE

The unique blend of ancient buildings and the latest technology that epitomises the modern church will be in evidence once more at the International Christian Resources Exhibition at ExCel in May in the persons of audio-visual specialists DM Music and installation division DM Installation Projects.

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The company will be presenting some of the latest audio-visual technologies particularly suited to church use, which this year will include iPad touch screen control systems from Crestron that allow complete wireless control of audio, including level control in different zones, remote audio playback and recording. Primarily, the systems allow for very simple operation of complex systems; but they also offer huge flexibility and lots of possibilities for system expansion in the future.

It’s not just audio, either; the systems can control electric screens, projectors, lighting, heating – you name it. Simple accessible control is just a fingertip away, anywhere in the church building.

As well as an installation in Wakefield Cathedral, DM recently completed a full sound system at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford: part of a £5.5m restoration of the historic church which saw the final sermon of Thomas Cranmer prior to his burning at the stake in 1556 and the launch of the 19th-century Oxford Movement by John Henry, later Cardinal, Newman.

The system includes a number of very discreet K-Array speakers and complete iPad control via a Crestron System. Such a success was the installation that the director of DM Music and DM Installation Projects were invited to the official re-opening service.

For more information visit www.dmmusic.com

Illuminating - another stunning church project from Lighting Dynamics

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Lighting Dynamics UKLighting Dynamics UK (incorporating Ecclesiastical Lighting), based in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, continue their development as one of the UK’s premier companies specialising in the interior and exterior illumination of cathedrals, churches and other places of worship.

The company is dedicated to offering a totally independent, creative and unbiased lighting design and consultancy service and, where required, they can supply all of the associated specified lighting equipment.

Lighting Dynamics has a long established reputation for creating practical and architecturally sympathetic lighting schemes. Wherever possible, discreet lighting equipment is specified and installed to produce suitable levels of task and ambient illumination and to highlight both ecclesiastical features and any special architectural details.

Their comprehensive range of modern, energy saving, long life lighting equipment is manufactured from the highest quality materials and takes into consideration many important factors such as reliability, durability, optical performance, overall efficiency, size, style and ease of maintenance, to name but a few.

The company is just about to launch a brand new family of the very latest bespoke LED fittings, specially designed for all types of ecclesiastical lighting tasks. This range of products has been under development for some considerable time and takes their overall lighting portfolio to the next level of technical innovation.

Lighting Dynamics also has an unrivalled knowledge and expertise of all modern intelligent dimming and lighting control systems.

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Lighting Dynamics UKLighting Dynamics has a significant number of very prestigious church lighting projects currently in progress with a large number at advanced stages of planning and design.

Company founder, Gerry Browne commented: “This is a very exciting time in the further development of church lighting, especially with such a great and diverse range of modern light sources now coming on stream.”

He has found that customers are increasingly looking for a company with the flair and experience to provide a quality lighting design, whilst also specifying top grade lighting equipment and controls that will give longevity, reliability and overall flexibility for their ecclesiastical projects.

Gerry continued: “In the main, clients no longer wish to see their church lighting project looking like an extension of somebody else’s lighting showroom or lit with industrial style floodlights to resemble a railway marshalling yard. It can be a dedicated process which involves advising, informing and demonstrating what can be achieved.”

Lighting Dynamics has, if required, a fully qualified team of NIC EIC registered electricians able to carry out the installation of interior and exterior lighting systems to current electrical standards and regulations.
The company covers all of the UK and Ireland and provides a bespoke service for each individual church lighting project, from initial meeting right through to final focusing and commissioning. In Gerry’s words “Lighting Dynamics UK can provide the ultimate lighting service.”

Recently completed lighting design and supply projects include:

• St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham – one of the finest magnificent medieval churches in England.
A phased interior lighting upgrade including the latest ceramic halide and low volt tungsten light sources linked to analogue lighting control systems.

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World Lighting Dynamics UK• All Saints Church, Daresbury – a beautiful parish church set deep in the Cheshire countryside only a few minutes from Warrington. The church is well known for its connection with the Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll.
As well as the complete interior lighting upgrade, the stained glass Lewis Carroll Memorial Windows (a must for visitors) have also been feature illuminated by new externally placed luminaires. A comprehensive lighting control / dimming system allows maximum flexibility.

• St George’s Church, Poynton, Cheshire – located between Stockport and Macclesfield, St George’s is positioned at the heart of the village and was built in the Victorian Gothic style.
Complete interior lighting upgrade incorporating colour change LED light sources linked to a DMX lighting control system.

•  St Augustine of Hippo Church, Edgbaston, Birmingham – The building in a geometric Gothic style has numerous stone carvings and a striking painted chancel ceiling and is an outstanding Victorian landmark.
Complete interior lighting upgrade including the latest ceramic halide, LED and low volt tungsten light sources linked to analogue lighting control systems.

•  St Michael and All Angels Church, Penkridge – A collegiate parish church set in a beautiful Staffordshire village.
Complete interior lighting upgrade including the latest ceramic halide and low volt tungsten light sources linked to analogue lighting control systems.

• St Agnes Church, Moseley, Birmingham – Sited on an island location in the heart of the beautiful conservation area of Moseley. 
Exterior lighting upgrade of tower and four main elevations of the building utilising the latest ceramic halide and tungsten light sources housed in modern IP 68 rated in-ground recessed luminaires.

•  Holy Trinity RC Church, Sutton Coldfield – A more modern style building with high arched windows and a beautiful wooden ceiling reminiscent of the ceiling depicted in Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper.
Interior and exterior lighting upgrade linked to complete lighting control.

Electrical installation of all of the above projects has been carried out by the Birmingham based NIC EIC registered electrical contractors A J Electrics (Coleshill) Ltd.

• For further information about Lighting Dynamics UK please visit www.lighting-dynamics.co.uk  


Full sound and visual system for Somerton St Michael and All Angels Church

The church of St Michael and All Angels is reputed to be an abbey church, and has existed adjacent to the market square in the old county town of Somerton, since circa 1100. So it was doubtless with some trepidation, that the PCC embarked on a major refurbishment for the church interior.

This involved replacing the floor and heating systems, rewiring and roof cleaning, a glass partition door for the south transept and a comprehensive sound system with video distribution to facilitate more flexible use of the building. API Communications were contracted to provide a full sound and visual system to meet all needs of the church.

From full frequency audio support for either a simple morning service, or full performance by musicians/singers. As well as ensuring that the solution was not out of place in a church of this age.

The sound and visual systems were designed by API Communications to meet the needs of the customer. We chose a 28 channel Allen+Heath mixing desk to control the audio sources as this is a reliable well laid out product, and a Behringer Digital graphic equaliser to provide a natural sounding flat frequency response, and a calculated delay for the rear group of the 12 loudspeakers fitted within the church.

A pair of 15” active subwoofers complemented the acoustics of our column speakers, resulting in full range reproduction, delivering excellent speech intelligibility and rich musical reproduction. The whole result is most pleasing acoustically, with many complimentary remarks so far received.

The entire audio and visual system hardware is encompassed within a custom piece of furniture, which was then clad with Oak so as to resemble the pews alongside it at the rear of the nave.

It was a given requirement of both the PCC and the Clergy that there should be the potential for the congregation to view images from PowerPoint, or DVD sources, from anywhere within the church. But with Projectors and screens having been ruled out as too intrusive visually, for this church, we installed a network whereby computer signals, video and Audio could be reproduced at a choice of 12 positions within the nave and chancel. LED display screens, fitted to trolley mounts, are then positioned at the chosen points within the nave to cover the congregation anticipated for each service.

Additional points adjacent to each doorway enable the congregation to “overspill” outside the building and yet still be involved in the service within, and a discreet camera enables all assembled to enjoy the view of a wedding procession as it moves through the nave.

As a whole this system enables the building to be most flexible with regard to the many disparate roles for which a modern church building must be equipped. 

Summary

A bespoke system, providing an appropriately camouflaged audio and visual system that enables the church to do the following:-

  • Full frequency audio support for a morning service
  • Full performance by musicians/singers/choir
  • Ability to play PowerPoint slides, films or dvds unobtrusively from anywhere in the church
  • Any overspill to the congregation outside the church can still be involved in the service through the use of the additional points that were set up
  • The ability to now see the whole of the wedding procession through the use of a discreet camera

Testimonials

The Bath and Wells Diocesan Advisory Committee
“The Committee noted that this proposed installation will be a sophisticated, comprehensive and flexible system to enable full and up-to-date audio visual facilities within the main areas of the church. The proposal is well described technically.” 

Alan at Somerton
“API have provided an excellent service throughout the design and installation, careful, neat, and considerate installers who have given us what we want. We are using the system with confidence having been given full instructions regarding its use and knowing that if we meet any problems API are always on hand to answer our questions and to offer advice.”

For further information visit www.apicommunications.co.uk

A lighting requirement? One church's perspective

Considerations other than cost need to be made when engaging a contractor for a church lighting project.

Anthony J Smith (Gloucester) Ltd has recently completed a project to install new lighting throughout Great Malvern Priory which is part of the Greater Churches Network. The priory is a Grade I listed building and is a focal point both in Malvern and in the Diocese of Worcester.

The priory receives over 30,000 visitors each year and has a large worshipping congregation. Services are held every day of the year and the building is extensively used by the local community. The challenge was to replace the 1960's lighting with a new energy efficient, low maintenance lighting installation, suitable for the many and varied activities that take place in the building, while minimising the disruption during the installation period.

A wide-ranging exercise was carried out by the Priory's Lighting Project Group to determine the requirements for the new lighting, including visiting several other churches with new lighting installations. The result was the production of a Design Brief that specified the various lighting requirements, and ensured that the primary purpose of the building as a place of worship was not lost in a desire to illuminate the features of the building.

The group considered employing separate lighting design consultants and installation contractors, but chose instead to seek a company that was capable of handling the whole process including both design and installation.

Proposals based on the Design Brief were received from three companies who offer a lighting design and installation service, and Anthony J Smith (Gloucester) Ltd was subsequently appointed. Anthony J Smith was formed in 1972 and specialises in lighting church and ecclesiastical buildings.

The new lighting installation was designed by Neil Blake, director of Anthony J Smith, and incorporated energy efficient, high performance, low maintenance equipment. The design followed the Design Brief and provided for the different uses of the building including highlighting various building features for visitors, lighting for performances in various locations, and an all-important, even, non-directional layer of light through the building for services and other activities.

Neil was also involved in many detailed discussions with the Lighting Project Group and the approving authorities including the Diocesan Advisory Committee, English Heritage and the priory architect. As the design was refined, Anthony J Smith offered technical support and demonstrations of the effects available by using different types of light fitting.

The installation was completed by Anthony J Smith's own experienced and qualified engineers in a series of localised areas which allowed normal Ôchurch life to continue with the minimum of disturbance. Working hours and break-times were varied to suit the services, weddings and funerals scheduled for each week, and the installation was carried out with considerable attention to detail and care in concealing the cables.

The new priory lighting has been received with great excitement by both the regular congregation, who can now clearly see their hymn books, and by visitors who marvel at the ceilings and other features that had not previously been visible.

Michael Angling, the priory project manager, commented: "This was an excellent example of the contractor and client being flexible to the needs of each other which allowed the project to be brought to a very satisfactory conclusion".

The staff at Anthony J Smith (Glos)Ltd are an as experienced team as can be found working in this niche market. They have been involved in the designing and installing of tailored lighting solutions in many of our fine listed buildings both large and small for a very long time. There is no substitute for experience when dealing with these most important buildings and a good design is only half of the challenge. A sensitive installation of cabling is also of utmost importance as many Church interiors are spoilt by an untidy and unsuitable installation of cabling. Value for money and use of suitable technologies for the exacting needs of each individual Church should also be established at every stage of the project.

For more information about this and other projects visit www.anthonyjsmith.co.uk

Lighting Dynamics complete another stunning church lighting project

Lighting Dynamics UK, based in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, has recently designed and completed the installation of yet another stunning lighting project for the magnificent and sumptuous interior of St Augustine of Hippo Church in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

St Augustine's, a Grade II* building, has been a splendid Victorian landmark at the centre of the Conservation Area that bears its name since the church was first consecrated in 1868.

Gerry Browne of Lighting Dynamics said: 'The interior lighting upgrade at St Augustine's provided a real challenge, especially in terms of the correct type and levels of illumination for both the church's magnificent architectural and ecclesiastical features.'

Working closely with key members of the PCC, the DAC, the Church Architect, English Heritage and Birmingham Victorian Society, Gerry worked through all of the details and a final lighting design solution evolved.

The final lighting design included a variety of all modern, long life and energy saving light sources including LEDs, ceramic metal halide and low voltage tungsten, all of which are linked to a unique and bespoke dimming / lighting controls system.

These light sources are linked to a quality range of appropriate architectural light fittings all with the correct optics and the ability to take a complete range of lighting accessories, such as anti glare louvres, spread lenses, etc.

The client and all of the project team are delighted with the final result and a grand opening ceremony by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham has already taken place.

Lighting Dynamics continue to offer a totally independent, creative, unbiased lighting design and consultancy service and, where required, the supply of all associated/specified lighting equipment.

The company can also provide a complete electrical installation service via a dedicated team of NIC EIC registered electricians.

They have a number of very prestigious church lighting projects currently in progress with a further significant number at advanced stages of planning and design.

Gerry Browne believes that this is a very exciting time in the further development of church lighting, especially with such a great and diverse range of modern light sources now coming on stream.

He has found that customers are increasingly looking for someone with the flair and experience to provide a quality lighting design, whilst also specifying top grade lighting equipment and controls that will provide longevity and reliability for their particular project.

For more from this company visit www.lighting-dynamics.co.uk

New improved lighting at St John the Baptist

altWHEN the Parishioners of St John the Baptist Parish Church in Longbridge decided that the existing lighting was in need of rejuvenation, church lighting design and installation specialists Anthony J Smith (Gloucester) Ltd were invited to discuss the needs and requirements for this vibrant community church.

The original lighting system was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain and a greater degree of energy efficiency and increased lighting levels, together with a flexible switching arrangement were needed for the various liturgical and community activities that take place within the church.

A number of solutions were discussed with and demonstrated to the PCC and a bespoke borosilicate glass pendant was developed and manufactured.

The compact fluorescent lamps within the pendant are controlled through high frequency electronic dimmable control gear which allows them to be smoothly dimmed down to 10 per cent of their maximum output, whilst providing an expected life of 15,000 hours which equates to 15 years should the lighting be used for 20 hours per week.

The pendants combined with additional nave uplighting, new lighting for the Chancel, increased lighting levels for performances at the front of the nave and with all the switches located in one position, now allow for maximum flexibility in both lighting levels and ambiance.

Gordon Mills, the buildings fabric officer writes: “On behalf of the Parochial Church Council, we are very pleased with the new lighting system. The nave uplighting has introduced a new dimension into the Church which is appreciated by the congregation as is the enhanced lighting within the sanctuary. The work to install the new system was carried out in a very neat and professional manner”

For more information visit www.anthonyjsmith.co.uk

School’s light shines forth once more

Hatherop Castle, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, dates from the late-16th or early-17th century. The present building was partially rebuilt by the architect Henry Clutton between 1850-1856 for the Baron de Mauley.

At the end of World War Two it was leased from then-owners the Bazley family by the Owlstone Croft School of Cambridgeshire – becoming the Hatherop Castle School. The buildings were subsequently purchased from the family in 1972. The school remains a private boarding school for 2-13 year olds.

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New roof tiles allow new life for former church

A Grade Two*-Listed neo-Gothic former church in Birmingham has proved to be a shining example of how sensitive restoration and conversion can allow treasured buildings to be brought back into use.St James’s Church in Edgbaston was built in 1852 to a design by the eminent Victorian architect SS Teulon.

It had been unused since 1975, becoming derelict and subject to vandalism, theft and decay.

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Heating breakdowns require prompt action

When the heating boiler at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham failed a few days before Christmas, the cathedral authorities called on Stoke-on-Trent heating specialists Mellor and Mottram to carry out the installation of a replacement.

The Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham was established in 1980 in a former Catholic church, designed by J A Chatwin in 1873. It is dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos – the ‘falling asleep’ of the Mother of God – and to St Andrew.

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The art of terracotta

Darwen Terracotta offer a fascinating insight into their process - from site survey, to terracotta and faience production, through to delivery and logistics. The company has the specialist skills required to design, match and produce terracotta to the highest quality.

"Generations of dedicated artisans have passed on their knowledge and experience which enables us to continue providing the best quality and service to our customers. The manufacturing process has changed little over time, though we combine our skills and experience with the latest modelling, casting, drying and kiln firing technology.

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Eshton Hall restoration shortlisted for RICS Awards 2018

The restoration works at Eshton Hall which were carried out throughout 2017 have been short-listed for the RICS Awards 2018 – Yorkshire & Humber in the Building Conservation Category.

Grade II* Listed Eshton Hall has existed on these grounds in North Yorkshire for hundreds of years, possibly as far back as 1200’s. Situated on the outskirts of Gargrave in North Yorkshire, the main hall was burnt to the ground in late 1500’s with the new main building and its impressive tower built in early 1600’s.

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