His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent visited Rochester Cathedral today, he met our project manager David Ironside and was shown the construction works to the crypt.
The £2.3m scheme which has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund involves the repair of the library roof, new library interior, new strong room, installation of disabled lifts from the Quire to the Crypt, Crypt renovation (apart from interior of Ithamar), creation of permanent exhibition space in the older part of the Crypt (dating back to Norman times circa 1080), re-modelling of the vestries to create multi-purpose music, education and vestry spaces and finally a new servery in the Crypt.
Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest Cathedral in England and can be traced as far back as 604AD. The present building dates back to 1080, boasting Norman architecture as well as one of the finest Romanesque facades in England. Hidden by view and only viewed by special appointment, the Cathedral has one of the oldest doors in England.
This exciting project provides us with the opportunity to demonstrate Buxton’s capabilities and expertise in the listed / historic work sectors.