Artelia have been appointed by The Chapter of Canterbury (Chapter) in the roles of Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor for The Canterbury Journey project. The project was earmarked for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £11.9m last year (including a £930K development grant). The total project cost is £19.4m and is contingent on the essential and significant raising of £7.5m in match funding by the Canterbury Cathedral Trust.
This prestigious scheme comprises a wide number of initiatives, from capital works on the Cathedral itself, the historic Precinct entrance of Christ Church Gate and Precincts’ landscaping to a new Welcome Centre with café and community space. A schools’ outreach and community engagement programme will be developed along with integrated visitor interpretation and the opening up of the historic collections held by the Archives and Library. Recruitment and training programmes for apprentices, volunteers and staff will also take place.
The Canterbury Journey project will therefore ensure that both urgent capital works and improved access to visitor and learning facilities can be achieved.
Artelia will work with Chapter for the Development Phase to submit the HLF Stage 2 application by 30th April 2016. Upon a positive outcome for that submission, Artelia will then work to ensure the success of the project through the Delivery Phase, which will complete in 2021.
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About Artelia UK: is a wholly owned subsidiary of Groupe Artelia. Artelia is wholly owned by its managers and employees. With over a 3,200-strong workforce, the company boasts an annual fee turnover of over €300m and is one of the top French project management and engineering firms in the construction, infrastructure and environment sectors. Artelia’s global subsidiary network comprises 82 offices across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Canada and South America.
About Heritage Lottery Fund: From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.
About Canterbury Cathedral: Canterbury Cathedral – earmarked funding for a £11.9m HLF bid, including a £930,400 development grant as part of a £19.4m project called The Canterbury Journey.
Canterbury Cathedral, a Grade I listed feat of architectural genius attracts over a million worshippers and visitors each year. Proposals for the conservation of the site will ensure a much more resilient future and act as a catalyst for wider community involvement. A new Welcome Centre will transform how the Cathedral engages with people of all faiths and none and will tell the story of a religious site which has stood the test of time over an extraordinary millennium’s worth of history. Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site.