Our major restoration and repair project is well underway at the Cathedral (you may have noticed the scaffolding has finally been removed!). The repairs are part of a masterplan ahead of the 175th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral in 2023.
The Vision 2023 project has now finished its first phase of work. Working with architects Arrol and Snell the decision of what needed to be completed first came after a quinquennial survey of the building.
The Cathedral was first opened as a Church on 9th August 1848. You can read all about its history and architecture here.
The Cathedral is a now a Grade II Listed Building and its restoration masterplan incorporates the limitations this can result in. The plan also evidences the way in which we have grown to understand historical buildings in a different way over the last few decades. Those involved in the Cathedral project are learning to work with the building to enhance the fabric and reintroduce some of the lost aspects of the Cathedral to reflect its former glory.
The first phase of the project has been made possible by a two grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. The first award of £373,000 allowed crucial roof repairs to take place and a further £180,000 has been approved to create an alternative entrance and improve accessibility.
As a result of these awards 2018 saw the reroofing of North Isle of the Cathedral, significant repair to stonework and new flashings, ridge tiles and gutters installed. Crucial to this first phase of work was incorporating access to the roof so that it is easier to maintain the fabric of the structure in the future. Lack of access over the years has resulted in a number of minor problems to the fabric of the building. At the heart of its project the Cathedral Team are ensuring that all work looks to the next phase and the next 175 years of the building.
The west door which has traditionally been the main entrance of the Cathedral now opens straight on to a main thoroughfare and bus lane. Work has now been completed to develop the north entrance to create a piazza, allowing groups to gather together before and after services. The new piazza was opened by Bishop John Arnold on 6th July 2019.
There is still plenty of work to come, you can read more about our future plans here.