Cathedral project completes milestone

The construction phase of the works to Lincoln Cathedral as part of the £16.5m Connected project has been completed.

Lincoln Cathedral Connected is a transformational project aiming to improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience – offering more accessible, engaging and peaceful spaces, for a greater number of worshippers and visitors to enjoy.

The construction phase has seen the major refurbishment and extension of the Old Deanery – on the north side of the Cathedral – to create a new state of the art visitor centre. The new facilities include a welcoming reception area, shop, café with inside and outside seating, toilets including a changing places room, community rooms, exhibition and learning spaces.

Picture: Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincoln Cathedral

The Dean’s Green has been beautifully landscaped to create a peaceful outdoor space, and for the first time in decades, will be open to the public.

The project now moves into the internal fit-out phase, which will get the new visitor centre ready for when it officially opens its doors in Spring 2021.

Within its new exhibition space, the visitor centre will display never seen before artefacts and treasures, which help share the history of the Cathedral and Lincoln, and will also accommodate a varied program of education and interpretation activities for schools, as well as family-friendly events.

Dr. Anne Irving, Lincoln Cathedral Connected programme manager, said: “Connected is a significant and important milestone in the Cathedral’s history and it’s wonderful to have reached the end of the construction works, which William Birch have delivered for us to the highest standard.

“I’m incredibly proud of what the Cathedral, the Design Team and William Birch have achieved at the Old Deanery. Working on a building of this age has been both challenging and rewarding. It’s been a privilege to work with a skilled group of professionals who have created such special spaces next to our majestic Cathedral.”

Chris Birch, chairman of William Birch & Sons Ltd, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work in true collaboration with the project team in this next phase of the Cathedral’s journey.

“The whole project team should be very proud of the new facilities which will attract growing numbers of visitors for many years to come; continuing the Cathedral’s importance as an internationally renowned place of worship and visitor attraction.”

Anne Jenkins, Director, England, Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, who provided £12.4M in funding for this project, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see the Connected project at Lincoln Cathedral progressing.

“We are looking forward to seeing the project progress further and to being able to see the wonderful artefacts on display in the new visitor centre, enabling more and more people to discover the fascinating history of the Cathedral.”