McCaren Architecture were approached by Plymouth City Council to prepare a Design and Heritage Statement to accompany their application for Listed Building Consent for permanent a lighting installation at Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse, Plymouth Hoe. The building is an iconic symbol of the city, featuring on Ocean City branding as well as numerous other reproductions that promote Plymouth as a historic and contemporary maritime city and a tourist destination.
The lighting scheme was part of a project initiated by Council Leader, Tudor Evans, to light both Smeaton’s Tower and Mount Batten Tower via a linked system that creates synchronised lighting effects on both buildings simultaneously. McCaren Architecture undertook archive research into the history of the Grade I listed building, collated design information prepared by Plymouth City Council and their lighting contractors, and produced a report in support of an electrical installation that had minimal impact on the building fabric. Listed building consent was successfully obtained in 2015 and the lighthouse is now a striking landmark during hours of darkness.