In association with American lighting consultants, George Sexton Associates, Yates Associates undertook a very difficult specialist lighting project. The Raphael Cartoons belong to the Queen and underwent a major conservation, to be re-hung in the refurbished Gallery designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners architects.
The lighting luminaires are located at approximately 14 metres AFFL, however, they are focused and re-lamped externally from the roof of the Gallery, which avoided the use of maintenance hoist equipment, hence no disturbance to the artwork and objects.
The brief for the lighting was to achieve a maximum level of 75 lux on the vertical plain for a time period of only six hours per day. The Gallery was opened by the Queen in October 1996.