New energy efficient lighting in place at Durham Cathedral


A NEW light shines on historic Durham Cathedral after the completion of a renovation project.

A team, including officers from Durham County Council, worked carefully to develop the venue’s new exterior lighting system, which is more energy efficient and reduces carbon emissions using the latest LED technology.

Working alongside the Cathedral and Thorn Lighting, the high quality creative program has been developed using energy efficient lighting installations and state of the art control systems.

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The works program is the first phase of a larger project which will also see the re-lighting of Durham Castle in the future.

This new scheme allows operators to control the color of the lighting. This will allow the cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to respectfully mark key ceremonies and events throughout the year, such as Remembrance Day.

Cllr John Shuttleworth, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for rural communities and highways, said: ‘We are delighted with the new lighting scheme and I’m sure many people will visit the iconic cathedral to see it lit up. so brilliantly on an evening, enhancing the experience of our nocturnal visitors.

Echo of the North:

“As Durham Cathedral and Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the project had to be carefully managed throughout and the results speak for themselves. As well as giving new perspectives, it will help the cathedral to better mark times of national significance such as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations as well as complementing our bid to be named UK City of Culture 2025.”

Maya Polenz, Director of Assets at Durham Cathedral, said: “This new system allows us to once again showcase the cathedral in all its glory, as an icon of worship, history and heritage in the landscape of Durham.

Continue… “We are grateful to Durham County Council for this investment, which will reduce our carbon footprint while allowing the building to be fully lit again.

Echo of the North:

“We will put the new lights into action very soon, because on Monday April 11, we will light the cathedral in blue and yellow in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and all those affected by the war.

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