King Richard lll will get a raised tomb

Posted by er134 at Jul 18, 2013 10:30 AM |
Leicester Cathedral announces £1 million reinterment plan
King Richard lll will get a raised tomb

Artist's impression of overhead view of raised tomb at Leicester Cathedral. Credit: VHH

The remains of Richard III will be buried with honour beneath a raised tomb within a specially created area in the Cathedral, it has been announced.

Leicester Cathedral is planning to spend around £1 million on the reinterment, which includes alterations to the building, preparations for the event and the ceremony itself.

Plans for King Richard's final resting place will see a series of changes to the inside of the Cathedral to create a significant space for the raised tomb, with a new floor, special lighting and new stained glass windows.

There are several possible designs for the tomb, which are being developed by van Heyningen and Haward architects, on behalf of the Cathedral, and a working party that includes representatives from the Richard III Society, the University of Leicester and the City Council.

The plans to date were shared with a series of organisations on Wednesday, July 17  and will be refined over coming weeks ready for submission to the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE). Final approval is expected by November.

A decision on a judicial review into the reinterment of Richard III is expected in the coming weeks.

  • The Dig for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council and in association with the Richard III Society.  The originator of the Search project was Philippa Langley of the Richard III Society.
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