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Gothic Design Practice fired from Bury St Edmunds Cathedral

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Cathedral bosses in Bury St Edmunds have fired ecclesiastical architect Gothic Design Practice for allegedly failing to promise a completion date.

A new £12 million tower has recently been built at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, but work on the cloisters and two of the chapels remains unfinished. According to local newspaper reports, cathedral officials have said that Gothic Design Practice was unable to provide them with a timetable of works and was subsequently sacked.

Cathedral spokeswoman Sarah Friswell, speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times, said the steps were taken by the Dean and Chapter to push the completion of the works forward.

Friswell said: 'The governing body decided it needs to appoint a new architect because there is still work to be finished here.

'The previous architects were unable to come up with a timetable for work that meets the needs of the funders.'

According to Friswell, organisations such as the Big Lottery Fund, which had provided a grant to the cathedral, had wanted to see a full breakdown of work that needed to be done and when it might be completed.

'The architects finished last week, and there will now be a meeting later this week when the governing body will seek to appoint a new architect,' she added.

Gothic Design Practice was unavailable for comment.

by Richard Vaughan

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