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Carlisle Cathedral’s Fratry Project design unveiling

New designs are to be unveiled for a proposed multi-million pound heritage teaching and learning centre at Carlisle Cathedral’s Fratry building.

Members of the public are being invited to attend two drop-in sessions at which revised plans and artist’s impressions will be on display.

The £3 million project will see the Fratry building refurbished and equipped to boost the Cathedral’s school and community links and create a new access-friendly entrance to link through to the existing 15th-century building.

The Dean of Carlisle, the Very Revd Mark Boyling, said: “The project is a very exciting one for the Cathedral but I hope lots of people will see it as adding something important to what the city has to offer.

“We want as many people as possible to have an opportunity to see the revised designs and what is planned for the Cathedral precinct.

“It has taken us time to get to this point but that demonstrates the care that the Cathedral is taking to ensure the Fratry project is delivered properly and sensitively.

“The public consultation sessions will offer people an opportunity to learn more about the concept of the Fratry project, why we’re doing it and how it will benefit the Cathedral precinct, the historic quarter of Carlisle and the city as a whole.”

The new design for the entrance link has already been shown to some of the key stakeholders in the cathedral community and to officers from Carlisle City Council.

The drop in sessions will be held in the Fratry Hall on Monday 20 June from 2.30pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 7.30pm , with the media also invited to a separate briefing session at 12.30pm on the same day.

Representatives from the design team and Cathedral staff will be on hand at the public consultation sessions to talk people through the new design.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) previously awarded a grant to the Fratry project to allow development work to continue on the design of the link building and the activity programme.

It is expected that a grant application of £1.8 million would be made to the HLF in November, subject to planning approval, with the balance having been fundraised in recent years.

The Dean added: “We’re excited at the thought that this work will bring new life and a new audience to the wonderful stories of history, heritage, hope, faith and love which the Cathedral precinct contains.”

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For more information on the Fratry Project go to


For further information and for media wishing to attend the briefing session at 12.30pm on Monday 20 June, please contact Dave Roberts (01768 807764/07469 153658 or at or the Very Rev’d Mark Boyling (01228 548107).


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