Supporting our Future
St Paul’s Cathedral is grateful for the generous commitment of our supporters who are enabling us to realise the following significant projects:
Delivering Access for All at St Paul's
The first permanent accessible ramped entrance at the North Transept of the Cathedral is currently under construction. The project will deliver a high-quality, step-free access to Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, and is the most significant external enhancement of the building in its 300-year history. The new entrance will enable access for all to the Cathedral, most especially for wheelchair users, older people, the visually impaired and those with children in pushchairs. Importantly, the striking design of the new entrance sympathetically reflects Wren’s architecture and even uses Portland stone – the same material used to build the Cathedral.
The new ramped entrance has been funded via external gifts, and to date we have secured over £3M towards the total cost of £3.3M. Construction is in the final stages of completion and will be followed by a £2.3M project to build an Inner Portico at the new entrance – which will also form a physical memorial for all those who have died as a result of COVID-19.
Please help support our plans to deliver on this very important project.
Conserving our Collection
A significant project is underway to conserve the fabric of our magnificent 1709 Wren Library, creating a stable environment for its 13,500 book collection. New lighting and a humidistat controlled heating system have been installed, specialist conservation work has been undertaken of book presses, the stonework cleaned and the walls painted. In parallel with these works, the entire collection was decanted, cleaned and surveyed.
The Library restoration is due to be completed in the autumn of 2021 and the re-opening will provide an opportunity to engage our visitors with our Collections. Plans are in place for a programme providing access for visitors onsite and online, including offering tours, specialists talks and school learning resources.
Please donate to help support this public engagement programme with our heritage.
Securing the Tradition of Sung Worship
A significant capital development project to secure the future of sung worship at St Paul’s Cathedral, by building new Chorister accommodation at the Cathedral School, is nearing completion. The 1960s school was severely cramped, and the boarding house for the Cathedral’s Choristers was no longer fit for purpose. The £3M project, which has included the construction of a new Chorister boarding house, provision of classroom expansion, a new dining room and social spaces, has been vital to securing the long term future of our Choristers' education and sung worship at the Cathedral.