Topping-out at the Cathedral
Dean of Southwark, the Very Rev Colin Slee, hosted a topping-out ceremony for
Southwark Cathedral's new East Wing on Friday 5 May.
wing, part of the development on the north side of the Cathedral, is scheduled
to open in October 2000. It will make the Cathedral more welcoming, visible and
accessible to visitors, especially those who are disabled. There will be a new
hi-tech visitor centre, a theological, historical and social concern library,
and a refectory wing, and conference facilities will be improved. The
Cathedral's ministry to local people and community needs remains at the heart
of the re-development.
exterior of the Cathedral is being cleaned, to reveal the warm honey-coloured
stone, and landscaping and lighting will be enhanced. The construction of a
cloister and courtyard recreates the original medieval lay-out and provides a
major new entrance for visitors approaching from the riverside walk. The
Cathedral is in this way playing its part in the cultural, commercial and
residential regeneration of the South Bank, alongside the other Millennium
projects at the Tate Modern gallery and the Millennium Footbridge.
£10 million scheme is being funded by a grant of £3.9 million from
the Millennium Commission, £1.7 million from the Cathedral's reserves,
and donations of over £1.3 million to date.
(above): Mrs Ivy Bowles, a member of the Cathedral congregation, was among a
number of guests invited to sign one of the bricks which will be built into a
wall at the end of the new refectory. Other signatories included Livi Mqotsi
and Martin Kenyon, who jointly represented Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the
All change at the Cathedral
result of the Cathedrals' Measure 1999 and a new Constitution, the Cathedral is
now governed by a Council which meets twice a year.
chapter which includes lay representation has the responsibility that normally
goes to a PCC.
titles have also changed. The Very Rev Colin Slee, formerly the Provost, is now
the Dean. Canon Andrew Nunn, formerly the Vice-Provost, is now the Sub-Dean.
Honorary Priest Vicars now become Cathedral Chaplains and the Provost's
Secretary, Ms Anne Lovell, becomes the Dean's Secretary.