St Nicholas Cathedral is Grade 1 listed and has a long momentous history in Newcastle. Built in 1091, a decade after the Norman invasion and was originally the parish church for the small emerging town. Today, it is the heart of the Anglican diocese of Newcastle, a place of peace and tranquillity in the heart of a noisy, vibrant city.
The cathedral has been awarded £4.2m National Lottery Heritage funding for the Common Ground in Sacred Space project which will see the building re-established as a dynamic community hub and a key attraction in the city centre.
Historic Property Restoration Limited has been appointed as the construction contractor for the £5m restoration project which will include physical changes inside and out, including removal of the pews; installing underfloor heating; renewing the Nave floor to create a stunning open and flexible space. The outside site will be transformed by extensive landscaping to both the south and east churchyards. The basement beneath the cathedral hall will be converted into visitor facilities for staff, volunteers and visitors.
The aim is for visitors to enjoy an art, architectural and heritage experience in the cathedral with activities and an events programme for schools, families, community groups, and tourists both from the region and further afield.
Further updates will follow as the project progresses throughout 2020.