Gloucester Cathedral

A special place of worship playing a multi-functional role in the community

The Project

Project Pilgrim will improve and restore specific areas of the Cathedral to ensure it can fulfil its role as a place of dynamic spiritual, civic and heritage activity and play a key role in the regeneration of the city.


Building Control

The key areas of improvement and restorations under the direction of St Ann’s Gate Architects are:

Entrance –

New glazed vestibule and improved lighting, barrier free, giving access to the exhibition areas.

The Lady Chapel –

An intimate place for worship and contemplation will be restored to cure problems of damp and erosion.

Tribune Gallery –

A magnificent viewing area to fully appreciate the Cathedral interior which will contain exhibition spaces. For the first time the previously least accessible area will be made universally accessible.

Cathedral Grounds –

New Leaf Studio Landscape Architects are involved in the transformation from predominantly car park into a green city space for use by residents, worshippers and the wider community.


Oculus have proactively worked with the Design Team and Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service to agree a fire strategy giving access to the Tribune Gallery with the minimal intervention into the historic fabric and limited impact on the grounds of the Cathedral for fire service access.

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