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Liverpool Cathedral café revealed

This is the latest image of Brock Carmichael's proposed visitor centre for Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral - Giles Gilbert Scott's Merseyside masterpiece.

The scheme, which was awarded a £1million Merseyside Objective One grant last month, has been designed to handle an expected increase of visitors - from 340,000 each year to more than 470,000 by 2010.

Sat within the Neo-Gothic Grade I-listed cathedral, the new £2.8 million facility will house a presentation theatre, restaurant, dining patio, and shop.

The visitor centre is part of a £10 million revamp for the much-loved landmark - the fifth largest cathedral in the world - which includes the restoration of the 100m tower.

Cherie Blair, the prime minister's wife, officially launched the appeal to raise the money to fund the project last year (07.10.04).

by Richard Waite

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