Cathedral Church of St Anne

An award-winning restoration of a Roman Catholic Cathedral in the heart of Leeds’ city centre.

Photo of a church congregation.
The Cathedral Church of St Anne
Completed 2013

St Anne’s is a Grade II* listed Roman Catholic Cathedral in Leeds city centre. Built in 1904, it is a late Victorian gothic building with Art Nouveau and arts and crafts influences, seen particularly on the internal style, stonework and joinery detailing.

As part of our commission as architects to Leeds Cathedral, we were appointed to complete a major project to restore, refurbish and re-order the interior of the cathedral.

A key focus of the project was the repair and restoration of the interiors and we worked alongside a specialist paint restoration expert to reveal, conserve, and design the interior decorative schemes. A separate grant was given for the restoration of the Pugin Reredos in the Lady Chapel which was restored to its full glory.

Interior photo of a church altar

In reordering the interior, we relocated and created a Sanctuary at the heart of the cathedral, with a new altar at its centre, visible by as many worshippers as possible. The new Ambo and Cathedra are located close by and together clearly form the liturgical group.

Our response in creating the new aspects of the design was to interpret the building’s arts and crafts gothic style in a contemporary manner, without mimicking or overwhelming the original fabric.

Principal detailing adopted by Eastwood elsewhere in the building is referenced in a contemporary manner with each of the new elements designed using a simple vocabulary of stone and oak.

The new lighting system coupled with the cleaned stonework, redecorated walls and ceilings has created a brighter, more welcoming interior.

“The judges found this project, quite literally, a revelation. The exquisite arts and crafts interior has been brought back to life through a meticulous restoration that both reveals the beauty of the original structure and subtly adapts this to meet the needs of the modern congregation...the project was felt to represent conservation practice at its very best.”

Extract from the judges’ citation, October 08
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Interior of a church


  • RIBA White Rose Awards 2008: Gold Conservation Award
  • Manchester Society of Architects Awards 2008: Commended in the restoration category
  • The Leeds Architecture Awards 2007: Restored Building Award

Image Credits

​​​​​​​Ian Bruce

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