The current St Bride’s church, which was designed in 1672 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, replaced a smaller church of the same name destroyed in the 1666 Great Fire of London. It was then rebuilt after it was gutted by incendiary bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe in 1940.
Since then, it has acquired a reputation as not only a place of worship for traditional services, but also for concerts and carol singing. When Bruce Kirk, a consultant who specialises in the design of ecclesiastical installations, was charged with upgrading the 1980s installation, he knew ETC’s Source Four luminaires would fit the bill.
“I’ve specified Source Fours in a number of my installations, as they have a wide range of lenses and are very reliable,” he explains. “They are able to outperform the previous fixtures, and can fit into the same space – they needed to be hidden in a trough and uplight the ceiling from there, in order to comply with stringent regulations. The Source Four luminaires are used as a discreet indirect light source for all the singing events as well as general church services.
“Working on a Grade I listed building means we need to be very careful what we install and where – it can be a challenge to make sure wires and fixtures are not visible, but still providing the best possible lighting. Generally, we’re not allowed to touch the fabric of the building.”
A year ago, Kirk also installed a large number of Source Four Profiles and PARs in St Paul’s Church in Hammersmith, along with a SmartFade console to control them.