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Plympton St Maurice Church

The Pyramid Group / Plympton St Maurice Church

Plympton St Maurice Church





We were brought on board by Le Page Architects to design a new lighting scheme for Plympton St Maurice Church back in August 2016 which we completed in April 2018.


With any heritage project, particularly churches, it is an essential priority to preserve the architecture within the building and in turn highlight the detailed features, as well as provide a practical level of light for the congregation.





Our brief was to highlight the architectural details of the church, such as the interesting roof trusses and bosses, the bell tower and the cross over the rood screen. There was also a requirement for practical lighting over the choir stalls and altar which had previously been described as dark and dull. Finally, we also included emergency lighting as part of the scheme.


As part of our lighting design, we carried out a site survey and created a Dialux Lighting Planning model of the space. This helped us to confirm that we would achieve suitable light levels in all areas, in particular the choir stalls. We also completed demonstrations at the Church of particular light fittings which were presented to the Church committee for their approval.


The Church committee wanted us to create a number of different lighting scenes for the Church as the space has a variety of uses at different times of day. Therefore, we designed and installed Rako lighting keypads which gives instant access to the recalled scenes.


Our palette of luminaires consisted of a mix of Deltalight ‘Boxy’ pendants and Erco track with ‘Optec’ spotlights were specified to provide an even coverage of light over the pews and aisles. In addition, we used Fagerhult ‘Neo’ adjustable profile spotlights to highlight the cross over the rood screen. The roof trusses were up-lit using an EcoLed 3000k LED strip in the Main Nave and Aisles. We went for a different approach in the Chancel due to the ceiling design, so we used the Erco track and ‘Optec’ spotlights to up-light each panel to differentiate between the Chancel and the the Main Nave.





Church heritage aisle lighting design before and after results

The church congregation are overwhelmed with the end result and ease of use of the new lighting scheme. They are so happy with the outcome that they held a dedication service on Tuesday 25thSeptember 2018.

Heritage lighting design for churches results

Richard Foot from Plympton St Maurice church said “I trust you will allow the team at Pyramid a brief period of rejoicing at a job very well done at St Maurice”


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Izy Knowles – Projects Co-ordinator

Lighting specialist and project coordinator for corporate and residential projects.
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16th October 2018


Case Study, Churches, Design Consultancy, Lighting

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