We are very happy that Leicester Cathedral Chapter has given their blessing for work on the £12.7m Leicester Cathedral Revealed project to begin on site, with the successful tenderer, Messenger Construction.
The decision was made following confirmation of an increased grant of £1.56m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and grants of £350k each from Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council. A number of individual supporters have also made generous donations.
The project aims to maximise the effectiveness of the Cathedrals mission by reordering the liturgical spaces, to restore its historic fabric, and to enhance the ability of the Cathedral to warmly welcome its many visitors. A new, low-energy, extension will create complementary facilities, above and below ground, linked to the historic interior though a new opening in the Great South Aisle.
Project partner James McCosh said
The project is extremely complex and has involved numerous challenges, so we are pleased that the project has finally reached the stage with a contractor appointed and ready to start. The works will restore the fabric of the cathedral, make it easier to appreciate its heritage, and equip the Cathedral to serve City and County for future generations.