Guildford Cathedral floor-plan tactile model, September 2017.
With the refurbishment of the cathedral interior, the project also undertook to improve and enhance the visitor experience and information display. MC Modelmaking were commissioned to produce a tactile model of the floorplan for orientation, and to assist visually impaired visitors understand the space they were exploring. Modelling exterior and interior walls, floor level changes and steps, and including text and braille interpretation, the model needed to be made in a hard-wearing attractive material. Bronze-filled GRP was chosen as a suitable material, so the model was laser-cut and engraved in acrylic, moulded with RTV silicon and cast with epoxy resin containing the bronze powder. With careful polishing and buffing, the floorplan created a tough metallic finish that could be easily cleaned and able to take the knocks and scratches of daily use.
With some additional display and educational model work undertaken, the finished cathedral display was completed in time for the revealing of the 2-years-long refurbished interior plaster and stone work.
Model scale – 1/200. Client – The People’s Cathedral Project, Guildford Cathedral.