Church of St Mary, Bridgwater

Over 12 months of structural, restoration and facility improvement work at this beautiful Grade I listed church included a complex custom lighting project which Precision Lighting were delighted to take on.

benjamin+beauchamp, Award Winning Architects & Historic Building Consultants, delivered the design brief which was both structurally and archaeologically delicate. As with many Grade I listed buildings, careful attention was paid to restore the original timbers, tiles, furniture and fittings to their former glory, whilst modernising the facilities.

Updating the lighting by installing low voltage chandeliers throughout the main church hall was a key part of the transformation but presented a number of challenges, from product design right through to installation.

One of the biggest constraints was that the bespoke multi-circuit chandeliers had to be fixed from single points in the gothic arched ceilings. This was the first time Precision Lighting had suspended chandeliers of this size from a single point, so an innovative suspension box was devised. All cabling could therefore be routed through the box, enabling the chandeliers to balance perfectly from a single mounting point.

Each custom made chandelier was formed from Precision Lighting’s Rubbed Bronze Basis Track, 2.4m in diameter and fitted with up to 16 Rotor spotlights to provide both up and down lighting on separate circuits. Rubbed Bronze Basis Tracks and Rotor luminaires were also installed at high level through the nave and aisles.
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Bridgwater, Somerset