Open Treasures, Durham Cathedral
Client: Chapter of Durham Cathedral
Services CK21 Provided
CK21 were been commissioned by Durham Cathedral Chapter as CDM-C/PD for a major body of work which involves the remodelling and refurbishment of various areas throughout the Cathedral in order to create world class visitor and pilgrim facilities and exhibition spaces in a world heritage site.
The works were completed in phases due to the Cathedral’s continual operations. Phase 1a was completed in 2013 with 1b in 2016. The first phase included the relocation of the vestry, and the subsequent conversion of the old treasures exhibition area into the new shop. DDA accesses and the provision of a new plant room and gas main upgrade for the future phases were completed as well.
The second phase involved the conversion of the Monks Dormitory from a library into a major exhibition centre with associated works to the adjacent library and offices.
The main CDM issues here are that the Cathedral is a world heritage site and must remain fully functional and operational at all times. Close liaison was required with the Cathedral Clerk of works and archaeologist and all of the design team to ensure all issues were considered during the design phase. All works to the existing fabric above and below ground require archaeological investigation with no visible fixing of any new plant/kit. Ensuring the Cathedral’s Works Department were CDM compliant and fully integrated into the works was part of our service.