We have been following the progress on College Hall and the Undercroft eagerly over the past few months and it is incredible how much work has happened! Worcester Cathedral were awarded a major grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and they are using this to transform the 12th Century Undercroft into a Learning, Arts and Heritage Centre.
In the Undercroft the whole of the floor has been taken up, underfloor heating has been introduced and extra doors have been knocked through. The back of College Hall is undergoing huge change with stairs and a lift being fitted for easy access to College Hall and of course for the Undercroft below.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the main area inside of College Hall has not changed at all but in fact they have incorporated extra seating into the base of the Stage below the sculpture of Christ in Majesty. It is hidden with panelling that was specially made to match the panels already in place in College Hall.
Outside College Hall, many OVs and friends of the school may have noticed a huge trench that has been dug up in order to install drainage for the toilets that will be in the Undercroft and this has also given the Cathedral’s archaeology team an opportunity to explore and discover some of the Saxon and Roman history of Worcester.
After many months of College Hall being inaccessible, Head of Alumni Relations, Sophie and Development Assistant, Alice were delighted to set foot in College Hall again last week and to see how everything is progressing.
You can find out more about the project here and we look forward to seeing the final results when it is fully completed!