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Bath Abbey, UK

Bath Abbey Footprint project represents a historic transformation. It is a £19.3 million programme, which will provide contemporary and sustainable solutions to the needs of the Abbey. A key part of this project is installing a new energy efficient architectural lighting scheme for the Abbey and newly proposed underground Vaults.

Michael Grubb Studio has been working in collaboration with architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) and project engineers Buro Happold to develop a lighting strategy for the Vaults and its numerous spaces.

200 square metres of new space includes: a contemporary interpretation centre; meeting/green rooms; archive; song school (technically this is in basement of Kingston Buildings) and learning space – all will be the hub for projects, activities, events and community use.

The introduction of the Vaults will provide a cohesive and unified infrastructure. This will transform the way Bath Abbey is able to operate. It will enable over 400,000 visitors each year to experience and learn more about the Abbey’s rich history and its people.

The Vaults will also provide facilities for researchers, students and teachers to study the church’s collection of artefacts and archives.

A key feature of the project is the newly proposed eco-friendly underfloor heating system for the Abbey. The proposal being to extract hot water from the Bath’s world famous hot springs, located adjacent to the site.

Technical lighting designs for the Vaults and the main Abbey are being prepared by Michael Grubb Studio. Work is scheduled to commence on site during 2017.


Bath Abbey Footprint Project


Bath, UK


Heritage Lighting

Scope of Works

Heritage Lighting

Project Budget

£19.3 Million

Design Team

Feilden Clegg Bradley, BuroHappold, Synergy Construction & Property Consultants & Michael Grubb Studio