A huge scaffolding construction built inside Canterbury Cathedral has opened up even more stunning views of the beautiful building.
Scaffolders have built a 53 metre long safety deck high above the Cathedral Nave as a platform both for the Cathedral’s conservation team to work from and to catch any dislodged stone and plaster.
The 33 tonne platform is the size of three tennis courts and sits 16 metres above the Nave floor, supported by aluminium beams and 1.9 km of scaffold tubes and has been constructed by Margate company, All Access.
The giant platform together with the scaffolding on the outside of the building mark the beginning of the physical works of The Canterbury Journey – a £24.7 million development funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.8 million) and donations from private and charitable sources (£10.9 million).
Project Director of The Canterbury Journey, Mark Hosea said: “The deck has become quite the talking point for visitors and for those working in the Cathedral. It has been amazing watching it being built and the height has afforded stunning new views of the building.
“Cathedral conservators have not had this extent of access to stained glass and the interior vaulting of the Nave roof for hundreds of years and I know that everyone involved is feeling a real sense that history is being made.”
Over the next five years the Cathedral’s West Towers, the leaking Nave roof and the Cathedral main entrance, the Christ Church Gate, will be repaired and restored. The Precincts will be landscaped to enable better access and enhance their appearance.
A new Welcome Centre with information, ticketing, interpretation and the Cathedral shop is being built with an entrance from the city’s Buttermarket and this building will also include a viewing gallery and community space.
The Canterbury Journey will also open up the Cathedral collections to a larger audience and a new Pilgrim Pass will replace the existing resident pass scheme.
Find out more about The Canterbury Journey here