Client: The RC Diocese of East Anglia
Completed: April 2018
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration: 8 Weeks
Architect: Russell Taylor Architects
What we did...
  • Restoration
  • Construction
  • Stone Masonry
  • Interior Reordering
  • Joinery & Furnishing
  • Specialist Services

The Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the city of Norwich.  It is one of two cathedrals in the city of Norwich, the other being the Church of England Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity.  St John the Baptist is a stunning structure, designed in the Gothic Revival style and is the second largest Roman Catholic cathedral in England, the largest being Westminster Cathedral.

USL were pleased to carry out the sensitive re-ordering works within the Sanctuary of the cathedral comprising ofthe construction of new gradine, cathedra, joinery and flooring elements as well as forming three cambers beneath the floor slabs.

USL’s team of specialist stone masons created a new stone Cathedra and Deacon’s seats with stone to match the existing ambo and altar.  The new cathedra and seats were supported by a new stone platform.  The seats included handsomely carved fluting to the armrest and legs on Cathedra and Deacon’s seats as well as a carved, painted and gilded Diocesan Arms crest on the back of the Bishop’s seat.   A new Gradine was supplied and fitted and screen in stone matching the altar, ambo and cathedra. The Gradine was completed with carved lettering.

Memorial and burial elements of the project included the sensitive construction of three burial tomb chambers beneath the floor of the Cathedral.

Flooring works included, supplying and fitting new Hopton Wood stone platform, supplying and fitting new matching grey carpet to altered and extended Clergy platform as well as altering the existing carpet.

USL created and fitted new clergy benches as well altered existing ones.  To accommodate this new arrangement, the timber staging was extended. All new joinery was constructed European Oak.

USL always work to retain all useful materials including; slates, stone slabs and joinery and ensured all projects works were carried out in sensitivity as the cathedral remained open to the public.

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"This work is a part of our ongoing commitment to further enhance the beauty of what is the second largest Catholic cathedral in the country, behind Westminster."

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