I am today publishing the list of successful bidders to the first round of the first world war centenary cathedral repairs fund.
The £20 million fund, which was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Budget 2014, will enable cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work. Cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain’s shared history and will be especially important as the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of the first world war.
The fund will run for two years and grants to cathedrals will be allocated three times during this period: in July 2014, October 2014 and February 2015. Decisions on funding allocations are taken by an expert panel which considers the grant applications against the published criteria for the scheme and decides which cathedrals should receive funding. The panel is chaired by Sir Paul Ruddock and includes senior figures from English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Church of England and the Catholic Church, as well as church architects, architectural historians and grant-giving experts.
I am pleased to confirm that the panel has decided to allocate funding of almost £5 million to 22 cathedrals in the first round. These are as follows:
High level repairs to the roofs and timberwork
Conservation and repair of masonry to the South Porch
Replace the North West Tower lead roof, which is home to the Sailor’s Chapel that remembers those lost at sea and have no known grave. It contains artefacts from both World Wars.
To complete urgent stabilisation and repair work.
Essential works to provide emergency and adequate lighting.
Essential remedial work on the Medieval origin steeply pitched high roofs as sections have collapsed and broken away.
Conservation work on masonry and glass in the 15th century Lady Chapel.
Replace the sound system.
Remediation work on stone, windows and glass.
Conservation and restoration work of masonry on the West Front NW Turret.
Repairs to the first bays of the nave aisles and the Welsford and Rankin Porches.
Newcastle St. Mary's
Replacing defective external stonework.
Removal and repair stained glass windows.
Three windows to be re-leaded to ensure they are weather-proof.
Repair pre-Reformation Library, the vestry roof and related external works.
External repair and conservation.
Replace asphalt gutters with lead linings to ensure it is water-tight and replace the lead covering to the south facing slope of the nave.
Southwark St. George's
Renewal of 1980s gas boilers and electrical intake to end frequent power and energy failures.
Repairs to the west front and its main entrance as well as to medieval stonework on the west porches.
Repair storm damage from February this year.
Re-cover the asphalt roof of the nave.
Repairs and weatherproofing to the ceiling of the Cathedral Library