Exeter Cathedral’s new renovated Library and Archives building shortlisted for award

Exeter Cathedral’s new renovated Library and Archives building shortlisted for award

Friday 2nd May 2014

The renovated Library and Archives building of Exeter Cathedral has been shortlisted for one of the accolades at this year's Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) South West Awards.

The awards showcase the top projects and celebrate the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property and construction.

The West Wing, which adjoins the Bishop's Palace, will go head to head with three other projects from around the South West in the Community Benefit category.

The renovation brought together all the treasures of the Cathedral's library and archives together under one roof for the first time, as well as creating new song schools and facilities for Cathedral choristers.

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony taking place in Bristol on the 15 May 2014.

Canon Ann Barwood who acted as Project Manager said: "The renovation of the West Wing of the Bishop's Palace was the first building project at the Cathedral for 70 years, funded solely by gifts from benefactors and grant making trusts. It successfully demonstrates what can be achieved when refurbishing an historic building; it simultaneously respects the past while meeting the requirements of the twenty first century. The aim was to combine the Library and Archive collections from four different sites into modern storage facilities, to meet national standards, and create suitable Song Schools and a larger sacristy."

Jonathan Saunders, the architect, led the Design Team which included Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Health and Safety Consultants.

The project cost £1.8 million and was funded by grants and donations.

The main Contractors were Hindsite Construction of Exeter.

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