London-based van Heyningen and Haward Architects (vHH) has won yet another commission at Leicester’s Grade II*-listed cathedral
The high-profile appointment for a new heritage centre and a package of restoration works comes eight years after the practice drew up a masterplan to revamp the landmark church.
A new high altar, £2.5 million burial chamber and tomb for Richard III – whose remains were discovered beneath a council car park nearby – was also completed by vHH last year.
The studio defeated Simpson & Brown and Purcell to win the latest project which represents the second stage in the landmark’s ongoing restoration.
The three-year scheme will create a new heritage centre, reorder the nave and aisles and conserve the cathedral’s internal and external fabric.
Studio partner James McCosh commented: ‘We are delighted to continue our relationship with the cathedral, continuing the ideas established by our master plan and building on our successful delivery of the Richard III works.
‘We look forward to developing the project with the cathedral and their stakeholders, so that everyone who visits the cathedral enjoys and understands the place of the cathedral in the life and heritage of Leicester.’
First recorded in 1086, the Norman church was restored by architect Raphael Brandon during the 19th century and transformed into a cathedral in 1927.
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