With work underway on both of our Cathedral projects we took the opportunity to involve the businesses at 26 Westgate in a tour of the Cathedral Roof.
Although there are frequent collaborations between the Westgate businesses we rarely have time to meet up outside of the office so the Roof Tour offered a good opportunity to learn and socialise at the same time. The final group included members of Place Architecture and Culture Partners along with the two Globe companies, so we arrived at the Cathedral reception desk with 15 people in tow.
Typically, I forgot this was a social occasion and immediately got involved in a project based discussion with Alex Schimmel, Visitor Services Team Leader, who had not only kindly arranged our visit but is also helping us obtain visitor data for the Cathedral Connected project. Dividing the group was therefore skilfully managed by others leaving me to catch up with the tour group just before they vanished behind locked doors. This had an unexpected benefit for two Cathedral visitors from Orlando, as they followed me thinking I was part of a public tour and ended up as part of our group – on a visit they couldn’t otherwise have fitted in before heading back to the USA. They seemed pleased but slightly confused to find themselves trapped in the Cathedral attic with a load of planners and architects.
Our Guides did a great job of explaining the roof structure and its significance, along with the history of the Cathedral. Sadly, despite the wonderful weather, works on the Tower prevented us from venturing outside on the roof but we were all keen to go back again in the near future, so that treat is still to come.
Many thanks to Alex, Ruth and our Guides for a great visit.