The survey will be open until the end of March 2024. Hard copies will be available from your parish office.
Our new Catholic Cathedral must be a timeless landmark and a worthy tribute to God. It must bear witness to our faith and enable our diocese to continue the exceptional mission we undertake, through our faith communities, schools and social services. Most of all, it must be a place where everyone in our city feels welcome so we grow our worshipping community and create something current and future generations will be proud of. That translates to a need, not just to build a timeless and worthy Cathedral, but to build a precinct that is necessary to grow our future.
Times have changed since the decision, in 2019, to build a Cathedral in Armagh Street. COVID 19 re-educated us as to what’s important: the diocese needs to have the capacity to meet its future financial responsibilities including supporting parishes to build new churches and to support those who have suffered while in Church care. The cost-of-living crisis means our community needs us more than ever before; and the realities of global inflation necessitated a wholesale rethink of the project.
It is important a decision of this magnitude is well-informed.
To develop a ‘like for like’ comparison, we tasked independent experts with examining how a Cathedral precinct concept would work on each site. Sites assessed included:
The experts were tasked with evaluating:
The analysis was undertaken by quantity surveyors Rawlinsons, consulting engineers Lewis Bradford and property valuers Telfer Young (now CBRE) and master planning WSP Architects.
Included in the assessment was looking at how selling land at Barbadoes Street and Armagh Street would impact the funds available for the budget. Selling Manchester Street was not considered.