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Tuesday22 August 2017

Feilden Clegg Bradley beats stiff competition for Manchester Cathedral job

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£7m west end scheme is part of biggest redevelopment in cathedral’s 600-year history

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has beaten Purcell, Richard Griffiths, BDP and Buttress to land the redevelopment of Manchester Cathedral.

The practice has been named lead architect on the £7 million west end scheme, part of a wider £15 million project which is the largest in the cathedral’s history.

The work is scheduled to be completed in time for its 600th anniversary in 2021.

Feilden Clegg, which opened a Manchester office last year, has been charged with opening visitor access to the tower and creating learning and meeting rooms, a shop and possibly an exhibition space.

Its entry in the Ojeu design competition, run by local property consultant Dooley Associates, was praised for its “innovative yet pragmatic approach”.

Dooley’s managing director Brendan Dooley, said: “The response to the tender for the cathedral west end project was phenomenal and following detailed interviews with five practices, the panel selected Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios as one of two practices that stood head and shoulders above the rest.”

The architect will now work with the cathedral to develop the design for a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to be submitted this year.

 

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