The first permanent new build at Salisbury Cathedral since the fifteenth century was to construct a purpose-designed building in the Little Paradise site between the Chapter House and south transept, as part of a long-awaited project to provide new toilet facilities, flower and server room, plant area and storage space. “Little Paradise is the ancient name for the area between the cathedral and the Chapter House.
The new facility was constructed in stone with flint masonry to enhance the appearance of the south side of the building. It was designed to ensure it harmonises with the cathedral and has minimum impact on the fabric of the building. We used Chicksgrove Chilmark limestone from a quarry just 13 miles west of Salisbury with flint and random rubble Chicksgrove walling. Apart from lead flashings, no fixings to the existing fabric were permitted.
Whilst on site our site team discovered a bone pit and coffin! During construction, visitors to the cathedral were able to see the building work in progress through a small window in the cloisters access door which was put up while the original medieval doors were repaired in the cathedral’s workshop.
QS: Woodeson Drury