Client: St Albans Cathedral
Heritage Lottery Fund business planning consultants – working with Nick Stead a heritage consultant our work focused on advising the client on the business plan for this Heritage Lottery Fund application as part of a wider project.
Cathedrals are important spiritual, historical and community spaces – it is important to appreciate not only the different needs of people who worship and those who visit the cathedral (for example as part of a learning experience or as a ‘tourist’) but also the similarities between those who use the cathedral space, of all faiths and none. Expectations of what the cathedral can provide on a personal, spiritual, communal and cultural basis creates a multifaceted organisation that is hard to define in simple terms. The restoration and conservation and long-term maintenance of the fabric of the buildings can also present significant financial challenges.
The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban is one of the most significant ecclesiastical buildings in Britain. St Albans Cathedral is a Grade I listed building, it is also within the Abbey Conservation Area and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.