Construction has now finished on the ground-breaking £6m project, Project Pilgrim Phase One.
Supported by National Lottery players, the project’s extensive building works began 18 months ago and included: conserving the medieval Lady Chapel; transforming the old car park into a beautiful, green public space; improving access throughout the Cathedral; and installing 150 solar panels on the Nave roof.
Around 400 supporters, partners and Cathedral staff and volunteers attended a Celebratory Evensong Service followed by a Thanksgiving Reception on Thursday 14 June at which a commemorative stone block was unveiled.
Speakers at the event included, The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, The Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, Mr Wilbert Smith, Committee Member for HLF South West and Councillor Paul James, Leader of the City Council.
On display for the first time, guests were able to watch a time-lapse video showing the transformation of the old car park into the welcoming new Cathedral Green.
A photographic exhibition showed the journey of the project from start to finish, giving a wonderful comparison of then and now, with some amazing milestones along the way.
The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: “We are delighted to announce the completion of building work on Project Pilgrim Phase One: The Heart of Gloucester.
This marks a significant milestone for Gloucester Cathedral and we are proud of what has been achieved so far. However, none of this work would have been possible without the generosity, patience and faith which so many people have given over the life of the project. This was our opportunity to say a heartfelt, personal thank you to all those who helped us turn the Cathedral’s Pilgrim vision into a reality.”
The Cathedral is also inviting local Gloucester residents to ‘party like pilgrims’ at a medieval-themed family fun day at the Cathedral from 12noon on Sunday 24 June.