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New design for Carlisle Cathedral’s Fratry Project is unveiled

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

It comes as two drop in sessions are being held today (Monday 20 June, 2016) for members of the public to view the images and hear more about the scheme.

West approach to Fratry link buildingThe £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 Rev’d Mark Boyling said: “Today’s events are important because it shows where we have got to after 18 months. We have some really exciting plans and drawings prepared which demonstrate how the new building would link into the Fratry.

“The architects have answered the brief wonderfully and have created an accessible link building which brings the Fratry back to life for those people who could not otherwise easily use it. At the same time they have also designed a way of creating a dedicated teaching and learning space in the building’s undercroft and the new link building has a very welcoming feel and openness about it.”

“We recognise that this is a very sensitive site in the city but this scheme is not just important for us as a Cathedral but for the whole city of Carlisle and indeed the county of Cumbria. It’s an outward-facing project which aims to allow local people as well as all our visitors to experience what the Fratry has to offer.”

The drop in sessions are being held in the Fratry Hall today from 2.30pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 7.30pm.

East approach to new link Fratry buildingRepresentatives from the design team and Cathedral staff are on hand at the public consultation sessions to talk people through the new design. The design team is expected to meet with the Cathedrals Fabric Commission on Friday and submit plans to the local authority in early August.

Architect Fergus Feilden, Director of Feilden Fowles, said: “The design of the link building references the original west range of the cloister. It means we’re reforming a public space at the heart of the precinct which reflects the historical setting and brings the Fratry back to life.

“The design reflects some of the finest architectural elements of the Fratry building and the cathedral and draws them into the new building.”

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.

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For more information on the Fratry Project go to


For further information please contact Dave Roberts (01768 807764/07469 153658 or at or the Very Rev’d Mark Boyling (01228 548107).


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