Options Appraisal Lincoln Cathedral

  • Client:
    The Dean and Chapter of Lincoln Cathedral

The Brief

To undertake an options appraisal to identify the possibilities for delivering radically improved visitor facilities and enhancing the visitor experience at Lincoln Cathedral, as well as analysing the cost/benefits of the proposed options, addressing the need for any change and identification of the preferred option. An outline business case for the preferred option was also required.

Our Role

Globe were appointed through competitive tendering to develop the preferred option and business case in close co-operation the ‘Cathedral Connected’ Project Team, Cathedral architect and surveyor. Globe’s team for this project included Oliver Caroe, Caroe Architecture; Michael Loveday, Norwich Heritage and Regeneration Trust; Paul Smith, Distraction; and John Anthony, Anthony & Co Chartered Accountants.

Using a methodology that made use of workshops and interviews to examine existing practice and explore new ideas, we built up an options model that proposed new development and approaches as well as identifying elements of work that should remain outside of the scope of the bid.

All elements of the project were time critical in order to meet the decision making cycle of the Chapter and the HLF application process.

The level of involvement of Cathedral staff and volunteers helped to ensure a strong sense of ownership of the preferred option and allowed the project team to move rapidly to public presentation of the core elements of the ‘Cathedral Connected’ project.

Outcomes

Subsequent work refining and developing the outline business case behind specific elements, with a particular focus on visitor facilities and the visitor journey progressed through a mixture of workshops and presentations.

Globe’s interim and final recommendations were adopted in full, including a number of significant elements that had not formed part of the Cathedral’s original ‘wish list’ for ‘Cathedral Connected’.

Globe’s detailed final report and supporting background research was fully integrated into the Cathedrals HLF bid.

Interim reports allowed the Dean and Chapter to agree the core elements of a preferred option.

 

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