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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2015

Project Detail

Reinterment of King Richard III

Small Non-Residential Scheme of the Year Award 2015 Finalist

This prestigious project required the creation of a final burial place for King Richard III and a reorganisation of Leicester Cathedral for his re-internment.

The chancel was reconfigured to provide the new main altar and sanctuary under the crossing, a place for Richard III’s tomb, a new Chapel at the east end and a Chapel of Christ the King.

The Cathedral has been given a new pedestrian flow, leading visitors around the building to its focal points through clever use of design, materials and lighting.

Project Overview

The project team faced a vast number of design hurdles to overcome, including new floor levels, a newly designed main worship space with moved alter, font, cathedra and chapter house.

A number of underground crypts were discovered during the excavation works. Working closely with the archeological team which discovered the remains of King Richard III, the builders lowered the height of these crypts and covered the voids.

As well as a suitable resting place for Richard III, the project also had the objective of an improved aesthetic experience for worshippers and other visitors, with improved acoustics, lighting, decorations, flooring and furniture.

The re-ordering works have slipped seamlessly into the existing cathedral and have enhanced the existing architecture.


    Entered by

    MDA Consulting Ltd

    Parties involved

    Leicester Cathedral
    Fairhurst Ward Abbott
    Van Heyningen & Haward Architects


    Contract Value

    £0.7 million


    Completion Date

    February 2015


    Scheme Location

    Leicester Cathedral
    Peacock Lane
    LE1 5DE

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