Equal Access Project – Inner Portico


Architect: Caroe Architecture Ltd with Connolly Wellingham

Client/Owner: The Corporation of the Cathedral of St Paul in London

Structural Engineer: The Morton Partnership

Main Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine

Joinery Company: NBJ (London) Limited

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer and Lighting Design: CBG Consultants

LVL Structural Frame: Buckland Timber Ltd

Remember Me Letterer and Artwork: Making Marks Ltd

Wood Supplier: Whippletree

Species: Home grown Oak (UK)

Location: London

This carefully executed timber entrance adds to both the functionality and beauty of St Paul’s Cathedral, helping ensure this world-famous icon is a place for all, regardless of faith or mobility needs.

A key strategic aim for St Pauls has been permanent step-free access to the main church floor. Meticulous research against this complex, highly sensitive heritage setting was undertaken to complete this design situated in the new accessible entrance arrangements at the North Transept.

Home grown Oak was chosen as the primary material for its beauty and ability to pay respect both to the heritage and importance of the building. Meticulously sourced and selected, these materials were deployed with a view to architecture and function to create this carefully crafted structure which calls on the cabinetmaker’s sensibility.

St Paul’s Net Zero 2030 ambitions strongly informed both the material section and design, which minimises both embodied and operational carbon of the new structure by employing glue-laminated timber in the frame, along with the highest standards of care, construction, and craftsmanship.