THE SPIRE OF HOPE - THE CONCEPT
SPIRE FROM BELOW
The Spire will enter the Cathedral through a glass platform and standing in the Choir visitors will be able to look up the Spire to the heavens.
The Spire of Hope will be illuminated at night - representing Christian hope shining as light in the world.
ANOTHER INSIDE VIEW
It was important that the Spire did not distend below the line of the Sanctuary arches, as the original concept did. This posed the engineers some problems in deciding how to fix the Spire to the Cathedral building.
The plan for the exit area from the Cathedral includes health and safety measures for maintenance and cleaning. The Spire exits through the small tower base which exists at present. This together with the recess in the roof above the Choir resulted in the fins which will place the Spire centrally being quite substantial and large.
Four fins will locate the Spire of Hope centrally in the recess above the Choir and connect it to the fabric of the Cathedral building. Made in stainless steel they will be polished to enable them to fade against the sky which will be visible from the Choir.
The Spire is being erected where the central axis of the North-South transcepts crosses the central East-West axis : the line from the altar to the Great West Doors.
NIGHT VIEW FROM SOUTH SIDE
The illuminated Spire will represent Christian hope always shining. This impression is from the south of the Cathedral.
VIEW FROM YORK STREET
This is an attempt to show the Spire from one of the most recognisable viewpoints of the Cathedral at the York Street - Donegall Street crossroads. The top of the spire will be 300 feet above ground level. The portion of the Spire visible will be equal in height to the Celtic Cross - the largest Celtic Cross in Ireland. For a period the Spire of Hope will be the largest spire in Great Britian and Ireland which is not fixed at ground level.