Restoring the Glory

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Since its foundation stone was laid in 1844, Salford Cathedral has stood proud on the city’s skyline, functioning as a crucial spiritual centre for both the local community and the wider Diocese of Salford.

Today we are excited to announce that Salford Cathedral will remain in this proud position for a long time to come. We have secured our sanctuary in the city for the future through an ambitious, multi-million-pound restoration project, beginning in 2022. The project aims to revive the iconic splendour of this church whilst making it the most sustainable cathedral in the country.

The use of innovative technologies will provide new sources of energy to heat and light the Cathedral as well as offer long term drainage and roofing solutions to increasingly unpredictable and extreme patterns of weather associated with climate change.

The restoration programme is a considerable financial undertaking for the diocese. We will seek to utilise all available funding streams and grants but are also asking that anyone wishing to support this exciting project can find further information here.

The work coincides with the cathedral’s 175th anniversary in 2023 and will use modern-day techniques to preserve its sacred ambience and accommodate our growing congregation.

During its history some aspects of the original design and character of the Cathedral have been lost. The repair and restoration project will not only restore the Cathedral’s heritage and sense of the sacred but will maximise capacity for the growing parish community.

This work will include the temporary closure of the Cathedral from 1st March 2023. During this time alternative accommodation for the Cathedral Parish will be provided. We will provide more information about this in the coming months. The Cathedral will reopen in December 2024.

Fr Michael, our Cathedral Dean, said:

The extent of the restoration and conservation needed on the Cathedral is a major operation and we have taken the decision to accelerate and condense the programme of work, rather than to do it piecemeal. This was not an easy decision to take, as this option means that the Cathedral will have to close for 18 months, while the interior work is carried out. Closing the Cathedral was not our first preference but it does mean that we will be able to make the repairs, restore and reorder the Cathedral more quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Large parts of the Cathedral are in extremely poor repair, this is the right time to fix these and restore some of the original design features that have been lost over the years and enhance what we are able to offer the local Catholic community.

On its restoration journey Salford Cathedral will be working with Purcell Architects who are specialists in heritage consultancy, masterplanning and architecture to conserve and reimagine places of worship.

If you would like to donate to the Cathedral Development Fund, you can do so online here.

This is huge news for our parish: we’re excited to be on this journey together and look forward sharing more news of the Restoration Project with you as it unfolds.