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)
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.