Peterborough’s LED WOW Factor

31st August 2021

The west front of Peterborough Cathedral was transformed this Bank Holiday Weekend by a new state-of-the-art LED lighting system.

New LED system brings WOW factor to Peterborough Cathedral and reduces its carbon footprint.

The colourful display, curated by Elite Electrical Eastern who installed the low-energy-use system, demonstrated the diversity of colour that can now be achieved on the west front using simple digital controls rather than the time-consuming and electricity-hungry process previously used – and guests at the 21st century ABBA concert on Sunday night got a sneak preview!!

Peter Poli, Managing Director of Elite Electrical Eastern, explained:

“The opportunity to work on a world-renowned, historic building doesn’t come along very often. So, when the team at Peterborough Cathedral contacted us to install a bespoke lighting system, we felt honoured to take on the challenge.

“During the initial site survey, we were struck by how the sunlight bathed the building. It was a breath-taking spectacle. Our brief was to create that same wow-factor; for the building to be enjoyed as much when the sun goes down and continue to take pride of place in the city. 

“Given the Cathedral’s history, famous as the burial place of two queens, we knew we had to pull out all the stops,’ he added.

The new system has been installed as part of a wider programme of improvements to the outdoor spaces around the Cathedral, funded by a grant via the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, which will enable the cathedral to further reduce its carbon footprint and can more easily be illuminated to mark special themes, events and services.

The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said:

“It’s wonderful to see this new lighting in place. I know it has taken much hard work and dedication from the team at Elite Electrical Eastern who have gone over and above to ensure that the lighting system not only works well but is a credit to the architecture of the building. 

“With their generous help, and thanks to the grant that enabled us to embark on this  project, the Cathedral can continue to be a visible landmark for the city.”

The west front will be lit in pink and blue for the Baby Loss Awareness service on Saturday 9th October.

Photo credit: Terry Harris