Manchester Cathedral Building Competition, Redevelopment, Architect, FCBS Project, Image

Manchester Cathedral Design Competition

Architecture Contest Winner – design by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, architects

6 Jan 2016

Manchester Cathedral Competition

Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) architects

Manchester Cathedral Architecture Competition Winner

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) wins the design competition for the renewal of Manchester Cathedral and expansion of its facilities.

Entance to Manchester Cathedral:
Entance to Manchester Cathedral, England
photo : Wikimedia Commons ; Date: 10 March 2015, Author: Rept0n1x

FCBStudios wins Manchester Cathedral development

We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as lead architect for the £7m West End Development at Manchester Cathedral.

The Manchester Architecture competition organised by Dooley Associates sought an ‘aspirational and symbolic’ design to ‘preserve and enhance’ the cathedral’s west façade.

The project will create new offices, retail, storage and toilet facilities within the Grade I-listed building and include public access to the cathedral’s 40 metre-high tower. Development of this historic building will help it to become a more recognisable symbol within Manchester, creating a medieval tourist and cultural quarter for the city.

Dooley Associates’ managing director, Brendan Dooley, commented: “The response to the tender for the Cathedral West End project was phenomenal and following detailed interviews with five practices, the panel selected Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios as one of two practices that stood head and shoulders above the rest”.

FCBStudios will now work with the client to develop the design toward a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid to be submitted later this year with a planned completion on its 600 year anniversary in 2021.

Manchester Cathedral spire and entry viewed from the West:
Manchester Cathedral building entry
photo : Wikimedia Commons ; “2004-10-09 Manchester Cathedral” by The original uploader was Lmno at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have offices in Bath and London.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios


Manchester Cathedral Design Contest

Manchester Cathedral design contest to redevelop its historic west end.

Status: Grade I-listed building
Project Budget: £7m
Timescale: to complete by 2021, the cathedral’s 600-year anniversary
Competition Organiser: Dooley Associates
Deadline for requests to participate was 30 October 2015.


– public access to the 40m-high spire
– new offices
– new retail
– new storage
– new toilet facilities
– new exhibition space at the spire’s base
– two multi-purpose meeting spaces

This architectural competition an ‘aspirational and symbolic’ design to ‘preserve and enhance’ the cathedral’s west façade.

The winning design is expected to ‘help the cathedral to become a more recognisable symbol within the intention of creating a medieval tourist and cultural quarter for the city.’

Dooley Associates are leading a £15m regeneration programme. This includes a new lighting and sound installation designed by BDP, headquartered in Manchester.

A £3m visitor centre designed by Hurd Rolland Partnership was completed in 2002. It features a restaurant incorporating the remains of the 15th century ‘Hanging Bridge’.

A recent project by architects FCBS in Manchester:

Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union Building
Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios architects
Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union
photograph : Hufton & Crow
Manchester Metropolitan University Building by FCBS – 20 Dec 2015

Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
M3 1SX

Phone: +44 1618394455

Ed – on a personal note I would occasionally attend Evensong here as an architecture student in the city, the building is better inside than out, the scale of the building simply doesn’t match the size of the city. It is a fairly small cathedral and lacks drama.

Location: Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX, Northwest England, UK

Manchester Buildings

Contemporary Manchester Architecture – architectural selection below:

Manchester Architectural Designs – chronological list

Manchester Architecture Tours

Manchester Architect Offices

Manchester Architecture News

Religious Architecture Designs

Church building designs

Church Buildings

Mosque building designs

Feilden Clegg Bradley Housing

A contemporary building close by, located just to the East:

Manchester Urbis

Comments / photos for the Manchester Cathedral Design Competition Architecture page welcome