The Cathedral welcomes 25,000 children each year. But the Education Centre, with rising damp and limited teaching facilities, is not able to cope with the demand. By refurbishing our existing Education Centre and building a new 120 person capacity teaching space in the unused area behind it we can provide greater learning opportunities for people of all ages.
Estimated Cost: £3.5 million
Refurbishment of the existing Education Centre
Our current Education Centre is in desperate need of refurbishment and expansion. Disabled access is severely restricted and the stair-lift, toilets and other rooms are old, cramped and unwelcoming. We will upgrade the building to provide level access as much as possible throughout, and install a new lift to the first floor so that all young people, whatever their disability, can take part.
Build a new teaching facility
In the unused walled area behind the current Education Centre, we will build a new 120 person capacity teaching space. Designed with advice from the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, it will include an auditorium for lectures and workshops, a safe outdoor play area and a sensory garden.
Design and implement new education programmes
Throughout the conservation and development work we will create and offer opportunities for people of all ages to become involved and enjoy the Cathedral in new ways. From podcasts for visitors and chances to meet the craftspeople working on the conservation to apprenticeships and teacher training opportunities, we want everyone, whatever their age or ability, to be able to learn about the Cathedral and its place in our history.
We are still developing our plans and projects and so the cost given is indicative. We will keep the website updated as we make progress.
Find out more
Illumination – development up-date newsletter Jan 2013
Information about the capital works project