Work starts offevolved on Feilden Fowles’ ‘Gothic’ cathedral extension

Construction has begun on Feilden Fowles’ lengthy-awaited new welcome and teaching centre at Carlisle Cathedral

The firm gained making plans consent for the 835m² scheme in overdue 2016 and secured the move-ahead from the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England quickly after.

The work, described as ‘the greatest bodily intervention at the site for more than a hundred and fifty years’, changed into at first scheduled to finish this spring but is not now anticipated to complete till the stop of the 12 months.

Since approval, construction prices have risen from £1.Ninety-five million to £2.Forty-two million. The scheme has £2 million of Heritage Lottery Fund backing.

The notion will redevelop and expand the Grade I-indexed ferry, built within the 1500s as the eating hall for the cathedral priory, which presently homes one among the most significant cathedral collections of seventeenth and 18th-century books in England.


A new 185m² ‘lightweight’ front constructing related to the refurbished fratry capabilities elevations inspired with the aid of the cathedral’s East Window, the most important and most elaborate of its kind in England.

Ingrid Petit, the associate at Feilden Fowles, stated: ’We’re extremely joyful to look this essential fee starting on the website after years in the making. The assignment has been a possibility for the practice to design a new intervention and public space connected to a traditionally good sized constructing on the coronary heart of the cathedral precinct and the metropolis.’