Restoring the Glory

Salford Cathedral’s Restoration Project

Our multi-million-pound restoration project aims to revive the iconic splendour of this church whilst making it the most sustainable cathedral in the country.

On September 12th 2022, work officially began on Phase 1 to restore the cathedral’s exterior. This phase took place from September 2022-April 2023. The cathedral is now closed for Phase 2, the internal restoration and redecoration, which will be completed by July 2025. Alternative accommodation for the Cathedral Parish has been provided. Read a detailed breakdown of the works here.

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


Message from Fr Michael, Cathedral Dean

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 is working with Purcell Architects who are specialists in heritage consultancy, masterplanning and architecture to conserve and reimagine places of worship. The contractors carrying out the work are Simpsons of York.

You can read updates on the project’s progress here.

If you would like to donate to the Cathedral Restoration Fund. You can do so online here.



The cathedral’s foundation stone is laid by Bishop James Sharples.


The Catholic Hierarchy is restored in England, the Diocese of Salford is created.


The new chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is furnished in the ‘south’ transept.


The cathedral is consecrated.


The WWI Memorial Chapel is opened, commemorating men across the Diocese who lost their lives in the conflict.


Sixty feet of the spire is removed. Despite this the spire remains the tallest in Greater Manchester to this day.


Salford sustains damage in the Blitz. Pictured is the surviving statue of Mary among the rubble of St Joseph's Church.


Restoration and re-ordering, including the erection of a free-standing altar, is carried out following Vatican II.


A new stained-glass west window, When I am lifted up I shall draw all to myself, is installed commemorating the 150th anniversary of the laying of the Cathedral’s foundation stone.


The external stonework on the spire is restored.


Bishop John Arnold unveils the new north entrance and piazza.


The cathedral church and St Joseph’s, Ordsall unite as the new parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Joseph.


The exterior of the WWI Memorial Chapel is restored.


Salford Cathedral announces its major Restoration Project.