We would like to acknowledge that Richard Griffiths (Richard Griffiths Architects) retires this year as St Albans Cathedral Architect and also pass on our congratulations – the cumulative transformation of the Abbey achieved during his 17 year tenure has been recognised in an RIBA South Award, Conservation Award and Architect of the Year Award.
The conservation of the presbytery ceiling, the nave wall paintings and the medieval stonework were each only completed after many phases of work. The interventions, which have been carried out over numerous years, within an overall long-term vision, extend the full length of the Cathedral, making it fully accessible and adapting it to changing liturgical and extended patterns of use.
Cliveden Conservation worked alongside Richard Griffiths Architects to rectify the issues surrounding the Victorian rebuilding of the west front of St Albans Cathedral when the Norman and medieval structure was last renovated. The cleaning of the whole façade provided an opportunity to repair, repoint and minimise the inherent deficiencies in the Victorian fabric.
Image credit: Helen O’Sullivan