We have plans for the re-ordering of the Cathedral, increasing its capacity not only as a place of worship, but as an important community resource for the Island’s cultural and civic events. Developments include the installation of under-floor heating using green technologies creating a warm and welcoming venue for community, congregation and visitors even in the coldest winter months! A levelled floor will ease disabled access and an updated sound system will improve the delivery of ceremonies, celebrations and other events.
Within the building, we will create a chapel for quiet reflection, along with a crèche and meeting room for public use. New toilets will be installed to improve the visitor experience. A Chapter House with much-needed office space will sit within the adjacent Cloister development. With these improvements our Cathedral can become a true public facility, open for use by pilgrims, visitors and community alike.
In developing the Cathedral for wider use, we must also ensure the building is structurally secure. With that in mind, a scheme of restoration and repair has been devised for the Cathedral’s exterior, including the preservation of the wonderful West Window. In addition, re-slating the roof, renewing vital stonework and replacing the rainwater drainage systems will ensure the Cathedral remains structurally sound for decades to come and can accommodate the needs of the community it was designed to support.