Cathedral Court, Blackburn Cathedral

Client: Blackburn Cathedral Developments

Value: £8m

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.