Leicester Cathedral Design Briefing
last updated on: 13th Mar 2013
Leicester Cathedral Design Briefing for Reinterment of Richard lll
Today, Wednesday 13th March, Leicester Cathedral publish the Design Brief that has been given to the architects who have been selected to provide a scheme to reinter King Richard lll. It follows a meeting on 12th March at which the Cathedral Chapter finalised the details of the brief including the recommendations of the Fabric Advisory Committee which met recently.
The document describes the place of the Cathedral in Leicester’s history and culture. It outlines some of the issues faced by the challenge of honouring a king within a space used by many people and for a variety services, and seeks a solution to ensure visitors will be able to see the resting place while allowing prayer and worship to continue. The brief includes ideas currently being proposed and examples of the ways in which the tombs of monarchs and politicians are marked.
Canon Barry Naylor, Acting-Dean of the Cathedral, is delighted we can begin the process. “It’s been both a delight and a challenge to be asked to receive a king into the Cathedral. Since the announcement that he had been found thousands of people have come to see the existing memorial stone and to spend time in the Cathedral, and we know this will continue once he is reinterred. It is therefore vitally important that we take note of all aspects of Cathedral life now and in the foreseeable future in our plans.”
The Revd Mandy Ford is Chair of the Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee. “This is the first step in the design and consultation process which leads to receive planning approval from the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England. We hope to complete this process within the next few months, such that we will be ready for spring next year”.
The University of Leicester led the Search for Richard III, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society. The Discovery of King Richard III’s remains in a Leicester car park was confirmed by the University of Leicester on 4 February, 2013, and, as Licence holders, the University announced plans for the reinterment at Leicester Cathedral on the same day.
The brief is attached below. It should be read with the accompanying explanatory frequesntly asked questions and answers. If photographs are reproduced please include the copyright information in the Appendix.