Underfloor heating repairs

Manchester Cathedral invest in green heating scheme

Manchester Cathedral was in the hands of contractors from April until the end of November 2013, whilst a new green heating scheme was installed. The new ground source heat pumps use natural energy stored in the earth to heat and cool the cathedral, making it one of the greenest in the UK. Activities that usually take place in the nave area of the Cathedral transfered to the wooden ‘Cathedral on the Street’ on the west front of the Cathedral. Some of the regular services transfered to St Ann’s Church and other nearby churches in the diocese.

The old under-floor heating system dated from the post war rebuilding era of the 1950s. In the last 5 years there have been three incidents of the heating flooding the Cathedral floor, as a result the heating output was around 60% of the levels they should be.

The Very Reverend Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester said: “levels of heat are very important for both visitors and worshippers alike. The recent extremely cold winters have embarrassed the Cathedral as temperatures were unacceptably low. We’re incredibly pleased that we can carry out this work in a sustainable and responsible way, ensuring the Cathedral is fit for future”

The project included the replacement of all the flooring to the Nave, Quire aisles and Regimental, Fraser and Lady Chapels of the Cathedral. The existing floor finishes were assessed by Clare Hartwell of Architectural History Practice, and all areas to be replaced were found to be of low significance.

Manchester Cathedral also carried out investigations into likely archaeological disturbance with Norman Redhead, Cathedral Archaeologist, and drew up methods to deal with any discoveries during the work.


Sponsor a Tile

The ‘Sponsor-a-Tile’ campaign is now ended. Thank you for your generous donations to the Development Project during the renovation of our under-floor heating system in 2013. The tile sponsorships and dedications have been recorded for our archives and can be downloaded here. The amount raised was £2020.00.

The floorplan indicates areas where tiles were sponsored.

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