Tuesday 26th April 2016

Posted by Kate Withstandley

Watch our new Conservation film by Alex J Wright

Watch our new Conservation film by Alex J Wright

On 26 March 2015 the story which started with a speculative excavation of a humble car park culminated in the reinterral of the remains of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral, in the full glare of the world’s media.

 This short film, made by Alex J Wright, using his and others’ footage, is intended to be a case study for our approach to historic buildings and working for clients in the heritage sector. The project demonstrates our skills in establishing and advocating change to historic buildings, which recognises both their heritage value and contemporary usage, and our commitment to working very closely with our clients throughout, to deliver outstanding quality - even with limited time and funds available.

When the remains of Richard III were formally identified, we were re-appointed to revise our 2009 reordering master plan to include an appropriate resting place for the King, whilst enhancing the cathedrals suitability for worship and mission.

 Our work has reordered the cathedral chancel including Richard III’s tomb. We also designed a new high altar for the relocated sanctuary, sitting together with the new cathedra designed by Francesco Draisci Studio and other furniture designed by Luke Hughes. The projects successful conclusion is testament to the skills and commitment shown by all involved – client team, statutory authorities and stakeholders, designers, craftspeople and contractors.

Click HERE to watch the film

 We would like express our gratitude to all those who have enabled this film to be made, including the generosity of those who have allowed us to use their footage:

  •  The Dean and Chapter of Leicester Cathedral
  • Darlow Smithson Productions
  • BBC TV and BBC Radio Leicester
  • University of Leicester film unit
  • Johnny Carr Filmmaker
  • Alex J Wright Films
  • Peter and Paul
  • James Elliott