The design brief given to architects regarding the Richard III memorial has been revealed by Leicester Cathedral. The 16-page document tells designers how the Cathedral would like the monument to look and function. It takes into account the size of the building and space available, as well as location of the memorial and its interpretation of Richard. The memorial will be created by one firm of London architects - van Heyningen and Haward. The Cathedral has already said that it would prefer a ledger stone to be placed in the chancel (or choir) of the building, which rules out the £30,000 limestone tomb offered by the Richard III Society. The brief says: "While other forms of grave, tomb or memorial cannot be ruled out prior to consultation, it is unlikely that a large table top tomb or effigy would be acceptable to the Chapter or Cathedrals Fabric Commission of England (CFCE)." Speaking today, Acting-Dean Rev Barry Naylor said: "We feel that we are really honouring him with a ledger stone, we don't think this is disrespectful at all. "One of the best known and most respected memorials in the country - the Unknown Warrior at Westminster - is visited by thousands and is the focal point of Remembrance Day, and I don't think anyone would say that was disrespectful." The alterations to the Cathedral when installing the monument will have to be agreed with the Cathedrals Fabric Commission of England. The final design, chosen by the Cathedral Chapter, will be submitted to the CFCE for approval.
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