Chester Rows

City centre public lighting to the listed building and walkways through the centre of historic Chester, in partnership with chartered architects Donald Insall Associates. The project included the design of special bespoke luminaires.

The Rows at Chester are a unique series of two tired and mostly black and white half-timbered buildings joined with long galleries used as shopping arcades. They consist of covered walkways at the first floor behind which are entrances to shops while at street level is another set of shops and other premises. Rows were built in the four main streets leading out from Chester Cross.

Dating from the medieval era, the Rows may have been built on top of rubble remaining from the ruins of Roman buildings, but their origin is still subject to speculation. Today the premises on the street and Row levels are used for a variety of purposes; most are shops, but there are also offices, restaurants, cafés, and meeting rooms. Chester Rows are one of the city’s main tourist attractions.

 Awards: Civic Trust Awards Commendation

Project Lighting Designer Neil Skinner whilst at LDP/Lightmatters (1998-2002).


In 2019, the project celebrated its 20 year anniversary. After a recent refurbishment, it still looks great two decades later on.

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