Cathedral prepares to open its doors again

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Sheffield Cathedral will be open for Easter services - but the extent of its £4.3m redevelopment will not be on show until early next month.

Work is nearing completion on the Gateway Project, which will give the Anglican church a new entrance and forecourt and a refurbished interior. The hoardings on the forecourt are being taken down.

But only limited public access will be allowed while the contractors finish the work and test some of the changes. It includes opening parts specifically for Easter Services.

The Dean of Sheffield, the Very Rev Peter Bradley, said: “We want to make sure all is safe and in place before we encourage tours and viewings.

“It is important, though, at this time of year, that we are able to provide our congregations with an opportunity to worship, and will therefore be hosting Easter services where we can.

“We will be able to show the people of Sheffield how the Cathedral, one of only two medieval buildings in the city, has been improved from May, and at events during the year that will include the celebration of the centenary of the diocese.”

An official opening is being organised for October 5.

Renovation of the grade I listed Cathedral, which dates from 1430, includes new heating, flooring, seats and sound system in the nave and a levelling of the stone floor to make wheelchair access easier. The improvements mean more exhibitions, concerts and other events can be held.

During the work, which started more than a year ago, congregations have used side chapels, with bigger services, such as at Christmas, using the Cutlers’ Hall.