Another major phase of works to Lincoln Cathedral as part of the £16.5m Connected project, of which £12.4m is funded by The National Lottery, is now complete.
Since ground was broken back in October 2018 by building contractor William Birch & Sons, the Cathedral and the surrounding close have seen considerable conservation and renovation works taking place.
Lincoln Cathedral Connected is a transformational project which will bring social and economic benefits to the Cathedral and the City of Lincoln. Its aim is 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.
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.
This phase of works has also seen much-needed conservation work to Eastgate Wall, Exchequergate Arch, the Cathedral’s Romanesque Frieze, Cloister Wall and Parvis (the paved area around the main west entrance to the Cathedral).
Conservation works to the West Front have also been underway at the same time, led by the Cathedral’s own skilled craftsmen and women.
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.