Lincoln Cathedral has been successful in its first round application for Heritage Lottery Funds for its £16M Lincoln Cathedral Connected Project. The project is the most ambitious plan to develop tourism at the city’s iconic building for more than a generation and will include the creation of a brand-new interpretation centre, restaurant and gift shop, as well as fund major repairs to the Cathedral, and extensive landscaping which will create new outdoor areas.
Buttress have been retained as Conservation Architects to the project and will direct the conservation elements, as well as providing guidance to the rest of the design team for the new elements. Our work will include conservation of the West Front and the Southern Run of the Romanesque Frieze, one of the most important pieces of early medieval carving in the country. Buttress will also be overseeing major repair works to the unique Exchequergate Arch which leads visitors into the Cathedral Close.
Vanessa Harbour, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “Lincoln Cathedral is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest medieval cathedrals, a testament to the architectural ingenuity and craftsmanship of the ordinary people who built it nearly 1000 years ago. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s investment will help to address the urgent repairs needed and unlock the story and symbolism of this historic place of worship.”