Manchester Cathedral has launched a contest to redevelop its historic west end
Planned to complete in time for the cathedral’s 600-year anniversary in 2021, the £7million project will create new offices, retail, storage and toilet facilities within the Grade I-listed building.
Public access to the cathedral’s 40 metre-high tower will also be delivered alongside a new exhibition space at the spire’s base and two multi-purpose meeting spaces.
The competition – organised by Dooley Associates – seeks an ‘aspirational and symbolic’ design to ‘preserve and enhance’ the cathedral’s west façade, according to its announcement.
The winning design will also be expected to ‘help the cathedral to become a more recognisable symbol within the intention of creating a medieval tourist and cultural quarter for the city.’
The scheme is part of a £15 million regeneration programme – led by Dooley Associates – which includes a new lighting and sound installation designed by BDP.
Hurd Rolland Partnership completed a £3 million visitor centre for the cathedral – featuring a restaurant incorporating the remains of the city’s fifteenth century ‘Hanging Bridge’ – in 2002.
A winner is expected to be announced in November. The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 30 October.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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