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Roof Restoration Project Timeline & Updates

Aerial view of the Cathedral
Aerial view of the Cathedral

This essential programme of work will be tackled in four phases, starting with the Quire, with the remaining three phases addressing the South Transept, North Transept and the Nave.  This is the most cost-effective approach and considered to be the least disruptive to both the Cathedral and the city.  It is anticipated that the project will take five years.


Updates:

Installation of new oak
Installation of new oak

Thursday 12th July 2018:  The project is running on time with the programme completion date of October for the Quire and Quire Aisle Roof remaining.  The copper has been completely removed and timber repairs are currently at an advanced stage with lead replacement to the lower and high roofs progressing.

The main medieval timber structure is generally in reasonable condition, although some repairs are needed to address areas of decay.  The oak for the repairs has been sourced locally from a timber supplier in Midhurst.  Additional ventilation is being added into the design to ensure that the air flows adequately around the historic timbers.

New sand cast lead being installed on south side high roof
New sand cast lead being installed on south side high roof

The copper removed from the roof was set aside and has been sold for recycling.  The proceeds have been incorporated into the project costs.  On the main Quire roof slope there are 360 panels of lead.  Each new panel weighs around 75 kilograms (nearly 12 stone).  That's 27 tonnes, spread out across the area of the roof.  The south side high roof has been stripped, repairs completed and the new sand cast leaf is now being installed.

Friday 16th February 2018:  The Cathedral launched its High Roof Appeal - a fundraising campaign to raise £5.8 million for the urgent repair, restoration and recovering of the Cathedral's roof.  As part of the launch the Cathedral invited members of the media to step back in time 900 years for an unprecedented 'behind the scenes' tour of the Cathedrdal's medieval roof.  Media representatives began their unique journey by climbing over 100 steps up to the ancient medieval roof vault.  Click here to read more.

4th December 2017:
Contractors arrived on site to construct a substantial contractor's compound on the Cathedral Green before the scaffolding is erected in late December 2017 and January 2018 in readiness for the first phase of major restoration and repair to the Cathedral roof in the New Year.  The first phase of the project, the Quire roof, is expected to take around 46 weeks.

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