Cathedral Restoration Project reaches some major milestones
The restoration of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John continues with Cathedral and surrounding grounds currently closed to the public due to the construction work. The Cathedral precint has been transformed into a bustling worksite with the external grounds currently undergoing extensive earthworks and renovations progressing on the inside of the building.
The Cathedral landscape
Landscaping in the Cathedral grounds is currently focused on the carpark. The excavation of the site has progressed with the new carpark to be built as a concrete slab. These plans have been finalised, with a small depth of excavation required, reducing the risk of disturbing any significant archaeology.
Having received an arborist report that recommended the removal of the existing trees due to disease, rot and other terminal deterioration, the removal of the trees and replacement with suitable sized appropriate trees in their place will now be included in the landscaping design.
The storm water drainage plan has been finalised with the demolition and excavation on the concrete and brick waslls surrounding the Cathedral on the William and Keppel street sides will commence shortly.
Cabling for the underground electricity supply to the Cathedral and Parish Centre has been completed.
The William Street traffic island has been completed with gardens and fencing to follow.
Once this has been completed, work can commence on the new entryway into the carpark.
Finalisation of external restoration of the building
The last section of the repointing and replacement of worn external sandstone has been completed, and the scaffold will soon be removed. This marks a major milestone culminating in more than five years of painstaking, detailed work with all of the mortar of the original brickwork of the Cathedral being replaced by hand.
Stained glass window relocation
The relocation of the stained glass window in the new doorway area of the former gift shop and the four windows from the Vesting Sacristy to the Keppel Street Annex is close to completion.
Other internal works
The construction work on the new Cathedral doorway will commence once the external restoration works to the building has been completed.
Work continues on the sacristy bathroom, and scaffolding has been erected inside the Cathedral, ready for painting and new lighting to be installed once plans are approved by the Office of Environment and Heritage.
The final stage of the restoration project is due for completion by the end of the year.