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St Paul's awarded funding for urgent roof repairs
10 November 2020
St Paul’s is thankful to have received £320k of funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, administered by Historic England. This funding will go towards urgent work to the roofs, rainwater disposal and weather tightness of St Paul’s Cathedral. St Paul’s is one of a number of Cathedrals in the UK to have received funding for urgent repair works via the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE). This funding is in addition to the generous grant of £2.125m of revenue funding from the Culture Recovery Fund which will allow us to stay open in 2021.
The Dean of St Paul’s The Very Reverend Dr David Ison said “COVID-19 restrictions made it necessary for us to close our doors to sightseeing and services from March to June this year, and again during the current national lockdown in November reducing the Cathedral’s income to unprecedented levels. In previous years, we have relied on paying visitors for over 90% of our income, and have to use nearly all our reserves to cover essential costs including paying our staff during this difficult time. The Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will be a lifeline to us, allowing us to stay open for worship and tourism into the future.
“The additional £320k funding will fund urgent work to the cupola above St Paul’s iconic dome, plus renewal of guttering and rainwater shafts to
help limit water damage to our ancient building and precious collections. Our in-house team of skilled heritage conservation specialists with lead
on this work with support from specialist external contractors. This work is essential in preserving St Paul’s for future generations.”