Cathedral grounds get overhaul

Terence O'Rourke appointed consultant for redesign of Guilford Cathedral grounds

The never-completed grounds of Guildford Cathedral are to be overhauled in time for the 50th anniversary of its consecration in 2011. Cathedral officials have appointed Terence O’Rourke as planning consultant, landscape architect and urban designer for the scheme. The Bournemouth-based consultancy will be involved in drawing up a masterplan while negotiating the content of this with the planning authority and obtaining necessary permissions for development. The Very Reverend Victor Stock, cathedral dean, said: “This cathedral is important nationally bec-ause it is the last great Art Deco structure to be built in Britain. Our aim is to give the place a new sense of connection with the town and a new attractive setting. “We intend to enhance the building with high-quality buildings and spaces. They will serve the cathedral and the local community.” It is hoped that the redesign will bring the cathedral and local community together by incorporating outdoor public space, affordable housing and visitor facilities. Architect Sir Edward Maufe designed the building in the 1930s but the landscape setting and services buildings were never finished. Steve Molnar, O’Rourke associate director, said: “This is a significant project that could greatly enhance the

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