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The Project

The Solar Panels

This will be the first part of the project to completed and one of the most exciting as we install 150 panels on this magnificent Grade I listed building.

Hidden from view on the south side of the nave roof, the panels will enable us to generate 25% of our electricity used each year. The energy produced by the panels will be also be used to power an air source heat pump feeding a newly installed underfloor heating system.

                                                      

The Lady Chapel

Identified as the most ‘at risk’ area of the Cathedral, we will be undertaking major conservation and restoration work in the stunning 15th century Lady Chapel.

The internal work will:

  • Ensure the Lady Chapel is fully accessible by removing the pillar obstructing the entrance and levelling the floor
  • Make the space comfortable to use by installing underfloor heating and new radiators
  • Provide a new lighting scheme
  • Cleaning of the stonework
  • Improve ventilation
  • Provide new furniture

                                          

Outside, our team of highly skilled stonemasons will continue to restore the beautiful stonework.

This will ensure that the Lady Chapel becomes a much more welcoming space for all to enjoy.

                       

Access for All

Accessibility in its broadest sense is key to Project Pilgrim.

Inside the Cathedral, we will replace all disabled ramps and install 2 new platform lifts in the north transept and north ambulatory. This will allow everyone to move through the ground floor of the building independently.

                                         

Entry & Welcome

All are welcome to enter and enjoy Gloucester Cathedral, whatever their age, gender, background or faith.

As part of our Entry & Welcome scheme we will:

  • Install a new glass entrance lobby and glass cloister door
  • Create a new welcome area where the existing shop is currently located
  • Install a new purpose built shop

This will allow us to better welcome our visitors and improve their experience of the building.                                        

                                                   

                                                    

The Interpretation & Tribune Gallery

The Tribune Gallery is one of Gloucester Cathedral’s hidden gems. Set above the main body of the Cathedral, it is one of the best places to see the building’s architecture and the ideal space for us to tell the stories of the place, its people and its past.

There will also be a series of interpretation hubs which visitors will be directed to on their journey through the site.


      

Cathedral Green

We want to provide the Cathedral with a fitting setting that not only enhances the building, but provides the City with a green public space for all to enjoy.

The re-landscaping will:

  • Give an improved welcome to all
  • Encourage more people to enjoy the space
  • Increase the number of disabled spaces which will be relocated to the top of Lower College Green
  • Create level access to the west door
  • Create a beautiful green space abundant in rich planting
  • Ensure a mixture of hard and soft landscaping to accommodate a range of different events and activities