About The Project
In 2008 vHH were initially involved in delivering a Master Plan for the overall cathedral reordering as well as looking at the relationship with the external cathedral garden spaces. In 2013 we were then asked to revisit the reordering in light of the need to reinter Richard III. This phase of the internal works to the Cathedral was successfully completed in March 2015 and included works to the Chancel and Sanctuary to create a resting place for Richard III’s remains.
The following year, vHH was re-appointed to take forward the cathedral’s ambition for reordering and to develop the next phase of the Leicester Cathedral Revealed project.
This includes reordering of the main Cathedral spaces and will create a link to and provide the new ‘Heritage Learning Centre’ (HLC) which will be spread over 3 floors – Basement, Ground and First. The HLC will likely be a reinforced concrete structure, with stone cladding chosen to be sympathetic to the context and using brise soleil for passive shading measures. The new extension building will provide spaces for orientation, education, cathedral back of house facilities and storage areas, and will be designed for Passivhaus certification; the first of its kind for a Cathedral in the UK.
In May 2017 the Cathedral received confirmation of successful application for the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Round 1 funding.
Dean And Chapter Of Leicester Cathedral
Architect And Lead Consultant