Restoration Project

Restoration Project

We are very thankful for the opportunity to worship in this beautiful historic building. You can find information below about the process of restoration and the donors who made this possible. We hope to add more information to this page over time.

Donors

The support of the following donors, and that of many others who would prefer not to be named, has enabled us to give this stunning 18th-century building a new lease of life.

Historic England is an executive non-departmental public body of the British Government. As the public body that champions and protects England’s historic places, it is funded largely by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

For more information visit their website.

Established in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making trust which now gives away approximately £80 million a year to charities across the UK. Having established one of the most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees today remain highly active and hands-on. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business – a successful model that still endures today and as the businesses have grown, so too have the charitable donations. Each year the Foundation gives away its income and donations have continued to grow. Since it was established it has donated over £1 billion, of which over half has been given away in the past ten years alone. In the most recent financial year the Foundation gave away over £79 million to over 2,100 charities across the UK.

For more information visit their website.

The National Churches Trust is the leading national independent charity concerned with the protection and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses     throughout the United Kingdom. We aim to:

a) Provide grants for the repair, maintenance and modernisation of church buildings 

b) Act as a catalyst to improve and bring more resources to the management of church buildings

c) Promote the value of church buildings to the community at large

For more information visit their website.

Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities and gave more than £16 million to churches, charities and communities in 2018. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. 

For more information visit their website.

Midway Presbyterian Church is located in Powder Springs, Georgia, about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta, and is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.  In late 2014 and in response to Our Lord’s gracious Provision, Midway established the ACTS Fund ( Acclaiming Christ Through Stewardship)  While the fund’s focus is intentionally narrow (i.e. promoting the historically Protestant Reformed understanding and approach to biblical Christianity), the fund is primarily used to provide startup support for a wide range of Reformed works –domestic and international–  related to worship, church planting/construction, missions, pastoral education, and translations.

For more information visit their website.

Nave Lighting System

In order to maintain the character of a historic interior built before the age of electric lighting, every effort was made to minimize the number of fixtures and to maximize the usefulness of the sole original fixture: a central chandelier suspended from the 16.5m ceiling.  The resulting two-ring LED lighting system is believed to be the most powerful single attachment point system installed in any UK church, producing a total output of 239,000 lumen.  Such output is fully in keeping with the intention of the church’s Georgian design to provide the best possible natural lighting so that the congregation could read the Word of God.  It is also in keeping with modern standards of efficiency, requiring only 2,500 watts of electricity when at full power.   

Design.  The system was inspired by a smaller, single-ring system installed at All Saint’s sister elliptical church, St Andrews Church, Edinburgh.  It was designed jointly by ASPC’s own lighting engineer Lee Kelly and Dr Schweitzer, and was constructed by GDS Lighting.      

Upper ring.  The upper ring is 4m in diameter and constructed in eight sections of brass-plated sheet steel suspended over internal steel support frames.  The upper surface has 32x LED boards producing a total of 67,520 lumen at 5,000 kelvin (blue-white) for up-lighting the ornate ceiling, while the side and lower surface each have 24x GDS Reality Series PUPM2 40 degree projector LED units.  These units produce a total of 93,024 lumen at 2,700 kelvin (yellow-white).  

Lower ring. The lower ring is 3m in diameter and constructed in four sections of brass-plated sheet steel suspended over internal steel support frames.  This ring has 12 units mounted on the side surface and 24 on the lower surface.  13 of these units are the same GDS Reality Series PUPM2 40 degree floodlights as the upper ring, but the sector facing the front of the church uses 3x PUPM2 24 degree and 8x PUPM2 15 degree spotlights to light the pulpit area.  These units produce a total of 69,972 lumen, also at 2,700 kelvin (yellow-white).  

Decorative chandelier.  Suspended beneath the lower ring is a 19th century two-tier brass chandelier in the Flemish style with 18 LED lamps producing a total of 8,460 lumen.  This chandelier, as with the similar units in the baptistry and vestry, was restored and supplied by Flemish Chandeliers LTD. 

Suspension system.  The rings are attached to 2x Warrior EHA1000 electric hoists rated at 1,000 kg fitted with 5mm, 7×7 stainless steel ropes rated at 1,500 kg and secondary manual drum locking devices installed on bespoke steel brackets that are secured to the church’s central support beam.  The steel rope for the lower ring passes through the upper ring’s suspension O-ring to allow independent lowering/raising for positioning of the two rings and maintenance operations.  Transparent nylon lines keep the lower ring’s directional lighting section pointed towards the pulpit area.   

Power and Control.  Power and control are supplied by 2x 5-core electrical cables on 18m MarCaddy spring-return reels.  The DALI digital control theoretically allows for fully variable independent dimming of each of the 116 individual GDS lighting elements (and on/off switching of the 18-light decorative chandelier).  In practical use, there are eight pre-programmed “scenes” of varying light levels controlled by two keypads by the entrance and the AV control desk.