Sheffield Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul - Sheffield Cathedral has embarked on an improvements project - The Gateway Project.  The Project Steering Group has identified two distinct aspects to the Gateway Project which it has given separate names:-

The Audit was required following the award of a Stage 1 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and to enable Sheffield Cathedral to develop a Stage 2 HLF funding application which in part will focus on developing the access for the people of Sheffield (and wider audience) to the building’s heritage.

The Cathedral’s Strategic Vision for 2009 – 2011 states the following: (The Cathedral’s) interior and entrance will be renewed so that the Cathedral becomes a prayerful, visionary and flexible place which serves our region and diocese and which is fully accessible to all.

The Cathedral is a Grade 1 Listed Building and so the improvements to accessibility must be undertaken with care and sensitivity.



The Gateway Project.


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The Place for all People Project is the name given to the part of the Gateway Project that focuses especially on accessibility, heritage and learning - for instance, providing a new accessible main entrance, facing towards the City.

The Centenary Project is the name given to the part of the Gateway Project that relates to the renewal of the nave floor and associated works (such as the inclusion of a permanent ramp to allow access to the east end of the Cathedral).

Ian Hill access was appointed to undertake an Access Audit of the existing situation at The Cathedral.  We carried out a comprehensive Access Audit which resulted in a Report and Access Audit Plan which will inform the project development, particularly the design of the new accessible Narthex entrance, the accessible platform lift access to St George's chapel, the internal levels and many other aspects such as displays and the intellectual access to the the history, heritage and culture.