Leading design consultancy Mather & Co. has won a prestigious contract to be the interpretation designer for a major Heritage Lottery Fund project at St Albans Cathedral.
The project will see the creation of several new areas for visitors, including a café, relocated shop and an adapted Chapter House to provide a high quality learning centre. The Cathedral will also be interpreted to create better access to its collections including the historic wall paintings, which will be restored using non-invasive technologies.
The Cathedral, has already been awarded a Round 1 pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Part of the funding will be used for the conservation of a medieval shrine, whilst the rest will be used for the new Welcome and learning spaces.
The project, called Alban, Britain’s First Saint: Telling the Whole Story
, is expected to bring a greater number of visitors through the Cathedral doors.
Paul Lee, designer at Mather & Co.,said: “We are delighted that St Albans has selected us to carry out this work. The Cathedral is a fantastic building with a very rich history which we plan to celebrate by creating a more refined visitor experience. Having already passed Round 1 funding by HLF we are excited to see this project take the next step to being realised.”
The Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans Cathedral, said: “St Alban is uniquely important. He is our first British saint, and St Albans Cathedral is the UK’s oldest place of Christian worship. Having seen the excellent interpretative work done by Mather & Co. at York Minster, we are confident that this project will transform the Cathedral for visitors and bring Alban’s story to life.”