WORSHIPPERS at Manchester
Cathedral, a Grade I listed building, will next week swap its
Gothic splendour for a timber prefab, as builders move in for a
"church-on-the-street" has been erected beside the west front of
the cathedral to provide a home for many of its activities over the
next eight months. "It is like a Lego-type building which can be
dismantled and moved to another venue," the Dean of Manchester, the
Very Revd Rogers Govender, said.
The Bishop of Middleton,
the Rt Revd Mark Davies, dedicated the building on Monday.
After Easter, staff will
begin stripping the nave of the cathedral of all its furnishings,
ready for contractors to install a "green" heating-system to
replace an inadequate 1950s one. "We are going green with this new
innovative, ground-source heating-system, using geothermal
technology," the Dean said.
will provide 80 per cent of the heating, making Manchester one of
the greenest cathedrals in the UK. Gas boilers will top up
temperatures when it is exceptionally cold. The work will also
enable the installation of an organ to replace one destroyed by
bombs in the Second World War.
The "pop-up" cathedral has been made possible by recent
pedestrianisation of the street. Much of the £400,000 cost has been
covered by Manchester City Council, which will use the building for
events during the summer, and Nikal Ltd, a neighbouring property