22 April 2016

Vice-Chancellor opens refurbished St Luke’s Chapel

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, has formally opened the newly refurbished St Luke’s Chapel on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter site.

VC Opening St Luke's Chapel  60 people attended the event on 18 April, which celebrated the achievements of several teams across Estates Services who had been involved in restoring the chapel and enabling its use both as a shared teaching space and a venue for University events.

Prof Richardson commented on the ‘stunning refurbishment taking place alongside the delivery of contemporary, signature buildings.’  She also referred to the need to build and to re-develop high-quality shared teaching spaces, expressing the hope that St Luke’s will be the first of many.

St Luke's Chapel

In her introduction, Emma Potts, Academic Registrar, talked about the key challenges involved in the refurbishment of the chapel, including obtaining listed building consents and permissions to allow secondary glazing, the recreation of the bell tower, and conservation of three Art Deco sculptures.

More details about the history and refurbishment of the chapel can be found here.