Cathedral Court

Blackburn Cathedral

Cathedral Court is a prestigious city centre development at Blackburn Cathedral which complements the existing grade II listed ecclesiastical building and contains the first complete set of cathedral domestic buildings to be constructed in the country for over 400 years.

The Cathedral remained fully operational and open to the general public with this project forming part of a larger regeneration scheme in the surrounding area and included:

  • a four storey deanery
  • three storey townhouses and duplex apartments
  • accommodation units for organ and choir scholars
  • a library and refectory
  • a conference room and hospitality suite in the Deanery
  • office accommodation
  • glazed link corridors between Cathedral Court and the existing Cathedral connected the new and old structures
  • public realm and associated amenities
  • Café Northcote
  • underground parking
  • an enclosed Cloister Garth and gated gardens.

Further works awarded during the project included conversion of Cathedral areas to ensure they were DDA compliant as well as the remodelling of the Cathedral Crypt to provide grey water toilets and shop facilities.

Delivering this high quality project brought us the opportunity to combine modern building techniques and materials such as glulam timber frames and self cleaning render with more traditional construction methods using natural and reclaimed materials. Contributing to sustainability, stone and limestone flooring from the Cathedral’s former St Mary’s House was reclaimed and used on the new development.

Local tradesmen, suppliers and materials were used, with the ashlar jointed sandstone and engraved foundation stone sourced from a quarry in Longridge and installed by stonemasons from the area.

Client: Blackburn Cathedral Developments

Our client’s responses

” John Turner has won a number of tenders at Edge Hill University and has been consistently successful in completing high quality projects, on programme and on budget. “

” I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to your entire team who were responsible for delivering such a successful project. We would especially like to recognise the dedication and commitment your team gave the project which was completed with minimal disruption to our hospital functions. ”

” The project has been a real success and this is due to the professional and well organised manner in which John Turner’s staff conducted themselves. There was excellent communication with a priority for safeguarding the pupils and staff at all times. “

” It is extremely refreshing to know that the enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication and humour is still available in the right proportions to make things happen in the construction industry. What is most pleasing is that at all times, the requirements of the Client and Church of England Pensions Boards as the end-user was paramount. Collectively, we have achieved completion on time, a building within budget and in some areas exceeded the client’s expectations. “

” Just a line to express my thanks and appreciation of your sterling efforts to secure the completion of this project within the agreed programme. I am impressed by both the attitude and approach of your organisation. Thanks once again on behalf of my colleagues and the clinical staff with whom you developed a true spirit of co-operation under difficult circumstances. “




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