On Monday 21 November 2016, the Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester switched on Gloucester Cathedral’s new solar panels for the first time. By doing so, the Cathedral – which is almost 1,000 years old – became the oldest building of its type in the world to generate its own energy from solar technology.

This ground-breaking venture is part of a £6m project (Project Pilgrim) supported by a £4.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to conserve the fabric of the building and to enhance the way in which visitors are welcomed to, access, and engage with the Cathedral.

Appointed in 2012 to provide the Cathedral with Cost Consultancy, Synergy have assisted with a number of projects and aspirations, including the re-roofing of the South Aisle and budgets for the full Pilgrim Project.  

Synergy is currently working with the Cathedral and St. Ann’s Gate Architects on the first phase of this multi‐faceted project.

The first phase is broken down into a number of elements, starting with a newly landscaped approach to the Cathedral via College Green, the introduction of a new entry sequence at the south porch, improvements to access throughout the Cathedral building (including new platform lifts), installation of solar panels and a comprehensive package of works to conserve the fabric of the C15th Lady Chapel. 

You can view time lapse footage of the panels being installed below and follow the project’s progress in real time via the @projectpilgrim1 twitter account

http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/community/latest-news/pilgrim-news-3944.php

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