As part of our Mission Action Plan, this project replaced internal light fittings in St Peter’s with LED lighting units, and adapted the current lighting system to enhance use as a community space and venue; making St. Peter’s a welcoming hub for the existing range of community groups that use the space and to assist in our stated aim of widening access to and participation by those sections of the community that are currently underrepresented in the use of the building.
The old lighting system was installed in 1986, and the fittings were failing. The lamps were incredibly energy intensive. The replacement has allowed us to:
dramatically reduce our carbon and environmental footprint.
replace the expired lighting system
move ahead with plans to develop St Peter’s as a venue for music and the arts – concerts, recitals, community choirs, art exhibitions, and use by local schools
move ahead with the development of our outreach and mission in the community through projects responding to poverty and isolation
re-use existing fit-for-purpose wiring, thus reducing the embodied CO2 output of the project, reducing cost, impact and disruption to a Grade II* listed building.
The PCC had been monitoring the available lighting technology capable of replacing our 85 x 300W Hallogen light fittings.
Delayed by other priorities during the Covid Pandemic, the PCC made an application in November 2021 to the Southwark DAC for permission to replace the 85 existing lighting units with 62 LED units
The reduction in CO2 consumption for our current use of church lighting was estimated at 3083 kg CO2e per year – equivalent to about £2100 cost saving per year (calculdated prior to the 2022 increases in energey costs).
The project was granted faculty approval by the Southwark DAC.