The cathedral has been awarded £4.2m National Lottery Heritage funding for the Common Ground in Sacred Space project which will see the building re-established as a dynamic community hub and a key attraction in the city centre.
Historic Property Restoration Limited has been appointed as the construction contractor for the £5m restoration project which will include physical changes inside and out, including removal of the pews; installing underfloor heating; renewing the Nave floor to create a stunning open and flexible space. The outside site will be transformed by extensive landscaping to both the south and east churchyards. The basement beneath the cathedral hall will be converted into visitor facilities for staff, volunteers and visitors.
The project is expected to create 7 new jobs, 100 new volunteer opportunities and attract over 100,000 visitors to the cathedral each year.
The aim is for visitors to enjoy an art, architectural and heritage experience in the cathedral. There will be activities and an events programme for schools, families, community groups, and tourists both from the region and further afield.
Further updates will follow as the project progresses throughout 2021.