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Physical Works

There are a lot of changes happening across the Cathedral site, but at the end of it all, the Cathedral will have a water-tight (and safe) roof to the Nave, improved landscaping and accessibility, new interpretation, new visitor facilities and community spaces. Plus the fabric of this beautiful building will be restored and in a better condition for all to enjoy for many more years to come.

See here for a timeline of the physical works that are happening in relation to The Canterbury Journey.

September

  • Scaffolding on the Nave roof is complete for now, and they are focusing on the West Towers and covering the pinnacles
  • On the Nave roof, timbers are beginning to be replaced and the old lead is at the smelting plant and will be recycled into new panels to be replaced onto the building
  • In the Welcome Centre, demolition is almost complete and archaeologists are excavating the ground

August

  • Scaffolding continued up the West Towers
  • Masons continued replacing the stone on the clerestory, and have started setting out on the West Towers. This will identify which stones need work, and what the masons will carve over the winter months
  • Boreholes and drainage completed and area returned to grass
  • Demolition of Welcome Centre, Proctors Lodge and inside 36/37 Burgate continued.
  • Lead continued to be removed from the roof and a survey of the timber frame was conducted, identifying which parts need replacing.
  • Removal of Austin Jr windows was completed, they will be stored and conserved before being reinstated.

July

Contractors removing lead from the Nave Roof
  • Old Welcome Centre was demolished.
  • Work on 36/37 Burgate and Proctor’s Lodge began.
  • Work on finishing the two remaining boreholes continued.
  • Erection of external scaffold on the Cathedral continued.
  • Temporary roof of the Nave completed.
  • Lead began to be removed from the Nave roof.
  • Exploration and assessment of the roof timbers began.
  • Stonemasons continued to work on the Clerestory level.
  • Panels of the Austin Jr windows on the Clerestory level continued to be removed to enable the Cathedral Studios to carry out repairs and conservation on the windows.

June

  • Contractors appointed for demolition of old Welcome Centre – Jenner Ltd, based in Folkestone, Kent.
  • Interior strip and demolition of old Welcome Centre began.
  • Work on the remaining two boreholes for the relief drain continued, though the archaeological investigations are now completed.
  • Panels of the Austin Jr. windows on the Clerestory level continued to be removed to enable the Cathedral Studios to carry out repairs and conservation on the windows.
  • Erection of external scaffold on the Cathedral continued.
  • Erection of scaffold for temporary roofing began.
  • Stonemasons continued to work on the Bell Harry abutment, so scaffolding can be completed.

    Temporary Welcome Centre

May

  • First stones arrived on site and fixing into the building began.
  • Works compound completed, including contractor welfare hut and storage.
  • Temporary Welcome Centre completed and handed over to Cathedral staff.
  • Work on one borehole was completed. Work on the remaining two boreholes for the relief drain continued, including the archaeological investigations.
  • Panels of the Austin Jr. windows on the Clerestory level continued to be removed to enable the Cathedral Studios to carry out repairs and conservation on the windows.
  • Erection of external scaffold on the Cathedral continued.
  • Roof contractor appointed – Coniston Ltd, based in Dartford, Kent.

April 2017

  • The temporary shop store was completed and handed over to Cathedral staff.
  • Work on the temporary Welcome Centre continued.
  • Work on the main works compound continued.
  • Samples of flint walls and landscaping surfaces were built next to the temporary Welcome Centre. They will be used as examples of materials and styles of workmanship and pattern to be used in the landscaping to be constructed as part of the project.
  • Work began on cleaning the brickwork of the Proctor’s Lodge near the Christ Church Gate.
  • Work on boreholes for the relief drain continued, including the archaeological investigations.
  • Panels of the Austin Jr. windows on the Clerestory level started to be removed to enable the Cathedral Studios to carry out repairs and conservation on the windows. They will be reinstated towards the end of the project.
    George Austin Jr. was Surveyor of the Fabric 1848-62, and during his time, created a set of windows at the Clerestory level (currently hidden from view by the safety deck). You can find out more about Austin’s work, and a general history of stained glass at the Cathedral here.
  • Erection of external scaffold on the Cathedral continued.

March 2017

  • The Safety Deck is complete and the Nave has now returned to its normal use – it’s quite an impressive structure! Watch a timelapse of its construction below.
  • Construction of the temporary Welcome Centre in the Precincts was begun, along with a temporary shop store behind the Lodge. The current Welcome Centre will be demolished to make way for the new Welcome centre, Viewing Gallery and Community Space – work on this will begin in the summer.
  • Work on construction of the compound continued.
  • Stonemasons have almost finished carving the first phase of stone to be replaced in the summer months.
  • Boreholes were in the process of being dug around the flagpole to finish off the new drainage system.
  • Designs were begun for the hoardings that surround the compound, with information about the project.
  • Scaffolding continued to be built around the West Towers and Clerestory.

February 2017

  • Construction of the new drainage system continued.
  • Construction of the works compound was begun on the Precinct lawn, including hoardings. The compound will be in situ until the end of the project.
  • The safety deck in the Nave was near completion.
  • Scaffolding continued to go up around the West Towers and Clerestory.

January 2017

  • A new drainage system installed in the South Precincts.
  • Scaffolding erected on the Clerestory and around the West Towers.
  • Scaffolding in preparation for the safety deck went up in the Nave. The safety deck will be in place while the roof is repaired, catching any falling debris and enabling internal works to take place.

 December 2016

  • Archaeological works completed in 36/37 Burgate in preparation for the Welcome Centre, Viewing Gallery and Community Space.
  • Archaeological works completed in the South Precincts ready for the new drainage system to be installed in January.
  • All remains discovered are being stored at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust ready to be reinterred at a later date.

 

Keep an eye on this page for regular updates on the physical works taking place throughout The Canterbury Journey.

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