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St Albans Cathedral: Alban Britain’s First Saint

St Albans Cathedral: Alban Britain’s First Saint

  • Clients:

    St Albans Cathedral

  • Locations:

    St Albans, Hertfordshire

  • Project Value:

    £9 Million

  • Programme:


  • Architects:

    Simpson & Brown Architects

  • Cragg Duties:

    Project Manager

    Contract Administrator

    Business Plan

  • Procurement:

    JCT Traditional

  • Photos by

    ©Giles Rocholl Photography

Project Details:

St Albans Cathedral has been a site of continuous Christian worship and pilgrimage for over 1700 years and sits on the site of the execution and burial of Alban, Britain’s first Christian Saint. The Cathedral and buildings are Grade I listed and Scheduled Ancient Monuments which reflects the outstanding nature of the historic buildings which have played a pivotal role in the Britain’s history.

This National Lottery Heritage funded project has seen the construction of a new Welcome Centre which has become an exciting activity hub for the Cathedral. The new Welcome Centre houses the beginning of the interpretation journey which then leads into the Cathedral. Discrete interpretation throughout the Cathedral informs and inspires visitors without disrupting daily activity and worship.

The Chapter House has become fully accessible with a lift installed to serve the Learning Department on the upper floors. A reordered space dedicated to education on the first floor and adult learning on the second floor. The first-floor classroom can hold 2 classes and the adult learning space houses the library and plays host to lectures and working groups.


  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund