Common Ground in Sacred Spaces

year Ongoing

category Arts and Culture, Historic Buildings

client The Chapter of St Nicholas’ Cathedral

location Newcastle Upon Tyne

project value £4.5M

TGA Consulting Engineers are appointed as part of a wider design team to provide Conservation Building Services and Specialist Lighting design for this major redevelopment scheme at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle.

Project Summary

TGA, working closely with the Chapter and Cathedral Architect as part of this Heritage Lottery Funded scheme, are developing design information to support this major project at the Cathedral. 

The works will comprise internal alterations to provide a more flexible and more community focussed Nave area, including the removal of all pews. New interpretation facilities within the Cathedral will also be provided as well as improvements to the connected Cathedral Hall to improve access. 

There will be further remodelling works to the external areas surrounding the Cathedral, including to the south and east sides to encourage use by the public and enabling events such as markets and open air theatre to be supported. 

TGA have developed design information over a number of years in support of this major redevelopment and repurposing of the internal spaces, with underfloor heating being a key part of the internal transformation being proposed.  

Underfloor heating systems are being installed in the nave of the Cathedral Church as the building is almost continually in use and thus can benefit from a relatively slow responding heating system which is able to maintain comfortable conditions throughout the space, efficiently and with little impact on the aesthetics of the space. Such an approach is also beneficial to the preservation of the porous historic building fabric.
The heating system utilises air source heat pumps, along with conventional gas fired boilers, to supply thermal energy whilst lowering carbon emissions.


TGA have also been engaged to provide specialist lighting design input into the replacement and enhancement of the lighting installations within the Cathedral Church taking advantage of recent progress in LED lighting technologies and wireless lighting controls, whilst retaining physical infrastructure installed in earlier projects.  The new lighting system will be installed as part of the CGISS project.

Finally, TGA’s Specialist Lighting Designers are also designing new external lighting to the Cathedral Church, including the famous Lantern on the tower.