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First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

Volume 594: debated on Thursday 26 March 2015

I am today publishing the list of successful bidders to the third 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, enables cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work. Cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain's shared history and are especially important as the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of the first world war.

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 £6.9 million to 31 cathedrals in the third round. These are as follows:

Results of the meeting of the expert panel, 23 February 2015

Cathedral

Denomination

Project

Award

Birmingham

CofE

Internal restoration and replacement of dangerous wiring and obsolete lighting system

£500,000

Chester

CofE

Complete restoration of cloisters

£274,752

Coventry

CofE

Surface fixing of westmorland slate to the cathedral exterior (Chapel of Unity) and repointing

£80,364

Derby

CofE

Reroofing the Song School and adjacent roofs

£124,181

Durham

CofE

Repair and conservation of central tower upper parapet

£568,651

Ely

CofE

Replacement of defective electrical cable to north side of cathedral

£150,000

Exeter

CofE

Essential repair work, recording and conservation of east end

£275,000

Gloucester

CofE

Conservation of masonry and glazing of Lady Chapel

£185,415

Guildford

CofE

Reroofing and repair of tower and transepts to prevent water ingress

£500,000

Lichfield

CofE

Essential relighting and rewiring

£800,000

Liverpool Metropolitan

RC

Repair to lantern glazing, and east and west entrances

£191,168

Norwich

CofE

Repair of three roofs

£88,620

Norwich

RC

Urgent roof releading

£179,900

Nottingham

RC

Improvement of drainage

£140,000

Peterborough

CofE

Repairs to the tesserae Presbytery floor

£200,000

Plymouth

RC

Replacement of rainwater goods and associated repairs, conservation of west window and repointing of clerestory walls

£398,496

Portsmouth

CofE

Removal of cement pointing and completion of lime mortar pointing

£86,053

Portsmouth RC

RC

External masonry repairs

£79,800

Ripon

CofE

Urgent repairs to the glazing of 35 windows

£19,208

Salisbury

CofE

External repair and conservation of elevations

£150,000

Sheffield

CofE

To replace lighting in two contiguous chapels

£65,077

Shrewsbury

RC

Disabled access for front porch

£280,866

Southwark

CofE

New rainwater disposal arrangements

£12,765

St Edmundsbury

CofE

Reroofing and repairs to North Aisle to prevent water ingress and stone falls

£300,000

St Paul’s

CofE

Rectifying water penetration of the Stone Gallery

£200,000

Wakefield

CofE

Conservation and repair of three east end stained glass windows

£72,000

Wells

CofE

Masonry and structural repairs to the North Quire

£160,000

Westminster

RC

Re-covering of chancel roof

£100,000

Winchester

CofE

Replacement of lighting and wiring system

£500,000

Worcester

CofE

Urgent repairs to roof and rainwater goods

£116,440

York Minster

CofE

Fabric repairs to the Camera Cantorum and urgent window repairs

£100,000

Total: £6,898,396

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