Lighting from Reggiani UK has been included in the restoration of the Victorian Chapel at the University of Winchester, to provide an energy-efficient, uniform lighting scheme. The project by Winchester based Design Engine Architects, has seen the restoration and renovation of the existing Chapel with an additional new extension created to be used as a side chapel.
Originally built in 1880 and extended in 1927, the University Chapel has been restored and extended as part of Design Engine’s masterplan for the University to create a small but precious ‘jewel’ in the heart of the King Alfred Campus. Reggiani’s light fittings were specified by M&E and Acoustic Consultants Chris Reading & Associates working with lighting equipment consultants M&S Lighting Services Ltd to provide a lighting scheme that would meet all the architectural constraints of the Victorian building. The scheme also had to set off the ‘old meets new’ section so that the lighting didn’t just blend in with but actually added to the new 200m² side chapel created on the north side of the existing building.
Installed by Burrows Electrical of Havant, the lighting scheme in the old Chapel combined a mixture of Reggiani’s Roll IoS and surface mounted Varios fittings. The Roll Ios downlight luminaires were used in 30W and 46W LED variants with a black finish and 12 degree angles. These fittings create a dramatic injection of light between the arched window frames and pure white walls. Reggiani’s small black surface mounted Varios 13W fittings were used on the Chapel perimeter to produce uplighting to illuminate the ceiling and timber rafters. Both fittings are dimmable to allow for scene setting as and when required. Small, 30W LED ZeroZeroUno adjustable projectors with barn doors were fixed at each end of the wooden rafters to highlight the contemporary Purbeck stone Altar and stained glass window beyond. The same fittings were used to highlight the stylish reflective font made from highly polished stainless steel and contained on a cylindrical Purbeck stone plinth.
The new Chapel has a timber frame set within a perforated aluminium panel anodized to give a reflective gold finish. Chris Reading & Associates chose a mixture of Reggiani’s Low LED comfort 10W downlights in white finish, LED 54W Linea Luce slim fitting and IP65 emergency downlights with 10W LED light source in metallised grey for this area. The Chapel plays a pivotal role in University life and is used for worship, social gatherings, meetings and concerts, as well as a place of quiet contemplation.