Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln – Projects
- Community & Public
- Simpson and Brown
- Lincoln Cathedral
A 21st Century addition to the 11th Century Grade I Listed Lincoln Cathedral.
The Cathedral Connected project pays homage to the culturally significant surrounding buildings by using ancient materials in a modern setting. Exposed engineered glulaminated roof timbers and dressed Limestone feature heavily in the new single storey Interpretation Centre. Linked to the 17th Century Grade I Listed Sir Christopher Wren Library & Cloister and the newly refurbished Grade II Listed William Burn designed Old Deanery, the new building features a shop and café, alongside community rooms and education spaces.
Challenging ground conditions and a scheduled ancient monument status have resulted in an innovative compensated balanced raft foundation solution; an approach which has been praised by Historic England. This pioneering solution ensure loads from the new building do not damage the internationally significant below ground archaeology; but instead leave it in place for investigation by future generations.
The primary exhibition space will also incorporate the re-hanging of the original 12th Century Romanesque frieze. Previously removed from the Cathedral’s west front to due to centuries of weathering; it is arguably one of Western Europe’s most important relief carvings from this period.
As part of the extensive repair and refurbishment projects, Elliott Wood have also been appointed to provide permanent and temporary engineering solutions for the Cathedral and surrounding buildings including the exchequergate arch and the Cathedral’s west front.
Our civils team undertook the S278 design works for replacing / upgrading the existing road surrounding the cathedral, this was extremely complex as it was preferred to where possible reclaim and re-use the existing blocks for heritage reasons.