The Alban, Britain’s First Saint Project Begins at St Albans Cathedral
Next week sees the start of building work to deliver the transformational project Alban, Britain’s First Saint, at St Albans Cathedral. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and one thousand donors, the project will transform the way the Cathedral welcomes visitors and, together with the city’s new Museum, will help to raise the profile of St Albans.
Visitor facilities will be significantly improved with a new Welcome Centre and the renovation of the Chapter House will provide specially adapted spaces designed for children’s education, the library and adult learning. The project will make a huge difference to the Cathedral’s capacity to share its story with a wide range of audiences. By raising awareness of the story of Alban and increasing visitor numbers, it will enable entry to the Cathedral to remain free and contribute to the preservation of this unique heritage site for the next generation.
To ensure public safety whilst the building work takes place there will be changes to access around the building. The footpath between the Abbey Orchard and Sumpter Yard will close from 30th May until the works are completed in autumn 2018. An alternative route is in place around the North Churchyard which will remain open 24 hours a day for the duration of the works. The footpath closure was deemed the safest option and the Cathedral is working to clearly signpost the new routes and minimise disruption during the works.
The Rev’d Canon Kevin Walton said, “It has taken a huge amount of time and effort to get to this point, with massive public support, for which we are extremely grateful. Seeing the building works begin is an exciting prospect, but we also know there will be inconveniences on the way. We will try our best to keep these to a minimum and to make sure we keep people informed.”
Detailed information regarding access to the Cathedral during this time and further information on Alban, Britain’s First Saint can be found on the Cathedral website www.stalbanscathedral.org