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16 Fonab Crescent  Pitlochry  Perthshire  PH16 5SQ

T: +44 (0) 33 33 20 80 22    M: +44 (0) 7795 186 329

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The practice was formed in 1990 to provide architectural lighting design services, particularly for churches and other places of worship, plus theatre consultancy services, including spatial planning and technical equipment specification and integration for smaller venues



Paul Covell Consultants was formed in 1990, prior to which Paul worked in professional theatre as a technician and lighting designer for many years, followed by several years as a theatre and lighting consultant with various other practices.

Paul has worked on numerous projects throughout the world. He is a member of both the Institute of Theatre Consultants and the Society of Light and Lighting, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a friend of the Theatres Trust. He is also a church organist, a member of the Guild of Church Musicians and a friend of the Royal School of Church Music.


As well as providing comprehensive theatre consultancy services throughout the UK and beyond, Paul lit many churches in the South of England while living in Dorset, and still has several projects there. He was also lighting and sound adviser to Salisbury Diocesan Advisory Committee for 17 years.

The practice is now based in Perthshire, and specialises in architectural lighting projects, particularly for places of worship, in addition to providing comprehensive theatre consultancy services and church re-ordering planning.

Our services range from providing outline advice to producing full tender specifications and drawings, and monitoring installation work and commissioning.

We use a nucleus of independent specialist associates who work as part of our team when needed.


We pride ourselves in working sympathetically with clients, other design team members, and contractors, particularly those who have little or no experience of specialist practices like ours.

An initial informal consultation and subsequent outline report is offered free of charge (although we may ask for a contribution to our travel costs), so please contact us to arrange a visit.

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Lighting design consultancy

Assist with defining a brief for the project by helping identify and prioritise requirements

Undertake sufficiently accurate measured survey to produce plans/sections of existing buildings if not already available

Advise on procurement routes

Design and specify architectural lighting schemes including luminaires, control systems and emergency lighting

Monitor projects during installation and commissioning phases

Arrange demonstration, training and handover to clients



Provide technical and planning advice for church re-ordering, refurbishment and new-build projects, including seating and sightline studies


Design and specify systems for sound reinforcement, audio-visual, projection, communications, stage lighting and machinery, ensuring the equipment is aesthetically integrated

On major projects, provide design parameters, enabling others to make the necessary structural, electrical and mechanical allowances for the technical systems

Monitor installation and commissioning phases of technical systems, and arrange demonstration, training and handover to clients

Like most Architects, we work on a fee paid basis and have no commercial links with manufacturers, distributors or contractors. This enables us to provide a truly independent and impartial planning service, devising the most appropriate and cost-effective solutions for each project.  Fee proposals include a suggested scope of works tailored to the needs of the project.

Please contact us to request details of our experience and services concerning the provision of other technical and planning advice, and the specification of sound reinforcement and a-v systems.