Caroe & Partners worked at Ripon Cathedral for more than fifteen years overseeing a great number of conservation and repair projects as well as new-build schemes.
Our practice was commissioned to undertake a complete rewiring, relighting and reinterpretation scheme which received a substantial HLF grant and was completed on site in 2009.
We worked closely with a lighting designer and a competent electrical contractor throughout the process to ensure the Cathedral remained open while the works were on site and the historic fabric was not adversely affected.
The new lighting allows for various scenes ranging from ‘theatrical’ to energy-efficient every day use which have been programmed into a control panel which allows the vergers to use the system proficiently.
New stackable oak chairs have now replaced the 1930s pews in the nave and part of the choir. As a result, the Cathedral feels lighter and more welcoming while this recent change allows for the space to be used in a more flexible manner.
Caroe & Partners created a new Chapel of Justice and Peace for Ripon Cathedral. The Chapel is built upon the 13th century stone plinth of the consistory court at the west end of the north aisle and provides a quiet space for reflection and remembrance.
Caroe & Partners also developed the design for new internal entrance porches to the 13th century west elevation of the Cathedral. The bronze and glass screens allow for the great west doors to be kept open during the day, allowing light into the Cathedral and visitors to view the interior before entering.