Thomas Sinden have been appointed as Principal Contractor to construct a new single storey ‘welcome centre’ at St Albans Cathedral which will sympathetically connect the main Grade 1 listed Cathedral to its 1980’s Chapter House building.
Set within the archaeologically sensitive ‘Monk’s Graveyard’ site in Sumpter Yard, the welcome centre will provide a new visitor entrance, retail space, interpretation and exhibition areas, the relocated vestry, and provide new level access. Alterations to the Chapter House interiors are also being undertaken to renovate the existing café, provide additional education spaces, and improve accessibility at all levels through the creation of new lift access and washroom facilities.
The new building is part of a major redevelopment programme which will boost awareness of the historic church’s 1,700-year history. The church was built on the burial of Alban – Britain’s first Christian martyr. The ancient structure is thought to be Britain’s first Christian shrine and the country’s longest serving centre of Christian worship.
The project will create a new exhibition focussing on the unique history of the church which currently receives 160,000 visitors a year. The main Cathedral and Deanery buildings will remain open to staff and the public throughout the duration of our works.