A CONTRACTOR has been chosen to carry out a multi-million-pound revamp of Sheffield Cathedral - as the first ground was cut to launch the scheme.
Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun John Campbell joined cathedral chiefs and dignitaries for the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday.
The event kicked off the £4 million Gateway Project, which will give the cathedral a new fully-accessible entrance, lights, seats, heating and a small shop.
The aim is to show off the cathedral’s hidden treasures while attracting more worshippers and visitors.
The Dean of Sheffield, the Very Reverend Peter Bradley, said: “We have been waiting for many years for today. We are very grateful to all the donors and partners who have made it possible.
“The Gateway Project will open up the cathedral so that we can welcome the whole community here.”
Just hours after the ceremony, the cathedral announced York-based building and restoration contractor William Anelay Ltd had been chosen for the scheme.
Work is set to start in February.
The Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust has provided £2.1m in funding and The Heritage Lottery Fund has added £1.34m for the project.