North West Square | Salford Cathedral closed for £ 18million refresh


The building is over 170 years old. Credit: Michael Beckwith via Diocese of Salford

Dan Whelan

Purcell Architects is leading the renovation of the Chapel Street building, a project that aims to “revive the iconic splendor of the church,” according to the diocese.

The £ 18million renovation of Salford Cathedral will include major roof repairs in a bid to deal with “increasingly unpredictable and extreme weather conditions associated with climate change,” the Diocese of Salford said .

In addition, the project will provide the cathedral with new heating systems as well as restore the original elements lost over time.

In order for the work to take place, the cathedral will close between March 2023 and December 2024.

“Large parts of the cathedral are in very poor condition,” said cathedral dean, Father Michael Jones.

“Now is the right time to repair them and restore some of the original design features that have been lost over the years and improve what we are able to offer the local Catholic community. “

Purcell is a specialist in heritage architecture and has worked on some of the country’s best-known cathedrals including Durham, St Paul’s and Canterbury.

To fund the project, the diocese “will seek to use all available funding streams and grants,” but also calls for public donations to achieve its goal.

“The extent of the restoration and conservation needed on the cathedral is a major operation,” Jones added. “We made the decision to speed up and condense the work program, rather than doing it piecemeal.

“It was not an easy decision to make, as this option means that the cathedral will have to close for 18 months, while the interior work is done. Closing the cathedral was not our first preference, but it does mean that we will be able to carry out repairs, restore and reorganize the cathedral more quickly, safely and efficiently.


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