County Durham design specialists have helped to replicate into stunning new panes of glass at one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions.
Newton Aycliffe-based Echo Graphics joined forces with Creative Glass, of Stockton, to produce the six-foot tall semi-circular windows replicating 11th century manuscripts costing £25,000. They make up part of Durham Cathedral’s £1.2m makeover of its Undercroft, to include a new coffee shop and gift store.
The new panes of glass – four sections, each made up of three panes – were made using specialist low-iron, water-clear glass to enable it to transmit LED lights through it and enhance the artwork, taken from an ancient Bible.
The six-month project has been a labour of love for Echo’s creative director Johnny Woods, originally from Durham.
Echo Graphics has recently relocated from Consett to the HUB Workspace on Aycliffe Business Park, and Johnny said: “Being from Durham, we were very proud to work on such a prestigious project.
“Durham Cathedral is one of the most important buildings in the North-East, possibly the country, so it was an absolute pleasure and honour to take on.”
Tony Campbell, managing director of Creative Glass, said it was important to maintain an authentic feel to the artwork while also giving it a classy, modern look.
“We tried to remain faithful to the original manuscripts. We gave them an aged, distressed look to maintain that old-world, authentic feel.” said Tony.
Durham Cathedral’s business support manager Vanessa Ward said she’s delighted with the outcome. “This is the first time in over a hundred years that the full 13 arches of the Undercroft are on display,” she said.
“One of the wonderful things about the glass pains is that they’re actually drawings from Manuscripts that belong to the Cathedral.
“We felt this was a wonderful way of highlighting the archways, without cluttering them, so it’s not just about coming into a shop, it’s about coming into a magnificent architectural space.”
More details about Echo Graphics is available at www.echographics.co.uk