The next stage of the plan will be to formally appoint a Cathedral architect who can build on the work already undertaken and crate a feasibility study and master plan that will take the Cathedral towards its celebrations in 2023 and beyond.
As part of this plan the late 20th century alterations will be reviewed and further internal restoration work will take place. As with many renovations of historic buildings in the 1960s and 70s, a lack of understanding of the sensitivities of buildings of this kind led to some unsympathetic repairs which the Vision 2023 project will look to undo. This included the whitewashing of internal walls that has resulted in the stone struggling to breathe and a Cementitious wash being applied to the surrounds of the stain glass windows. The potential to revert these repairs are being looked at in test areas with a view to roll out in a forthcoming phase of the restoration.
The challenge which remains is the ability to balance the modern needs of the building while respecting the centuries old workmanship on display. This will involve specialist lighting and sound companies who can use the space to guide their work and allow the building to be the focus of the attention.
The restoration work on the Cathedral will continue over the next few years but throughout the process the team at the Cathedral are prioritising its varied role as a parish church, sacred space and a place open for the community to visit. As this substantial programme continues the Cathedral doors will remain open to provide a welcoming space for all.
In 2023, Salford Cathedral will celebrate its 175th anniversary. To prepare the Cathedral for this special occasion, we have launched a fundraising campaign, in order to repair and refurbish this iconic building. The finances raised through this campaign will also ensure that the Cathedral remains a place of prayer and worship to the glory of God and a major landmark on both the Salford and Manchester skylines, for many more decades to come. If you would like to donate to the Cathedral Donation Fund you can do so here.