Conservation work has started on Lincoln Cathedral’s West Front as part of a major heritage lottery-backed project.
The West Front at Lincoln Cathedral is considered to one of the finest cathedral edifices in northern Europe, telling an architectural story that spans from 11th to 14th century.
The West Front works will involve the conservation of the ‘Gallery of Kings’, a 14th century carving of 11 kings inserted within the central portico of the West Front; the conservation of the gable at the top of the West Front; and conservation works to the 12th century Romanesque Frieze. The latter has been covered since 1980s for preservation due to the disintegration of the attached gothic sculptures.
To enable these works to take place, a specially-designed steel scaffold, designed Elliott Wood Partnership and made by by MAP Engineering, has been erected. The innovative structure adopts a cantilever form to create a steel platform elevated 7m above ground, allowing conservators to access and work on the stone.
Nicholas Rank, Director at Buttress and Architect and Surveyor of the Fabric at Lincoln Cathedral, said: “A huge amount of time, planning and research been invested to bring us to this point, so it’s hugely exciting to see the work get underway.
“The restoration of the south Romanesque Frieze is regarded as one of the most sensitive conservation projects in the country. I’m extremely proud to be part of the team working to preserve this landmark structure to ensure that it can be enjoyed by the public for generations to come.”
The conservation of the West Front forms part of the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Lincoln Cathedral Connected’ project which will radically improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience.
Buttress is engaged as conservation architects to the project and are leading conservation work to the West Front and are also overseeing major repair work to the 14th century Excherquergate Arch which leads visitors into the Cathedral Close.