In 2008 we responded to an advertisement seeking an architect for the reordering of the cathedral and its precinct, issued by the then Dean, Viv Faull. Our interview pitch was predicated on treating the reordering as a masterplan, i.e. as a framework for future development, rather than a set of fixed proposals, as timescales and funding opportunities were bound to change. We believe this approach won us the commission, despite never having worked for a Cathedral previously.
Our reordering masterplan identified the key functional and liturgical shortcomings of the cathedral and its grounds, and various opportunities. We suggested several key moves, including moving the altar, uniting the divided space of the churchyard and the former school playground, and creating a new building on the site of the Old Song School to provide better support facilities.