Rochester Cathedral Hidden Treasures, Fresh Expressions
This current project has grown out of our involvement as Inspecting Architect of the Cathedral since 2000.
The design was developed in conjunction with an Exhibition Designer and was funded with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Project value £5 million total
Ancient Stones, Untold Stories
This project to improve the interpretation of the cathedral was completed in 2009 with HLF funding. This included the construction of structural glass internal porches at the west and north doors to the Cathedral to improve openness of the Cathedral from outside and make the accessible entrance more user-friendly for wheelchairs and provision of a fully accessible toilet within the Cathedral as well as new signage and interpretation.
Project value £350k
The space behind the high altar at Rochester Cathedral had become a dumping ground for various pieces of liturgical equipment and paraphernalia. Whilst the storage was welcome the method was inefficient and unbefitting of the location.
The storage cube was conceived as a large, inhabited piece of furniture making fullest use of the space available. The high-quality joinery fitting straddles a tomb with its weight transferred to the line of the crypt vaulting below. It provides storage on two levels, the lower of which provides a vestment press, storage for bulky items and altar frontal hanging racks. The upper platform is accessed by a nautical inspired alternating tread stair and provides generous storage cupboards.
The refined vertical panels of dark stained ash that make up the simple form sit precisely and almost invisibly behind the ornate Reredos, revealing its illuminated soft and warm innards when a section is opened.
Inspiration was taken from the medieval panels of the Cathedral’s Sacristy combined with the idea of a shipping container, both share a corduroy style aesthetic concealing their contents visual and securely.
Shortlisted for the Architect’s Journal Small Projects Awards 2016
Client: The Dean and Chapter of Rochester Cathedral
Total cost: £45,000