Refreshments for the masses: Northampton Cathedral looks to build hospitality annex

A new hospitallity building could be built in the grounds of Northampton Cathedral.

A new hospitallity building could be built in the grounds of Northampton Cathedral.

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Plans to build a cafe and hospitality facilities at Northampton’s cathedral have been submitted to Northampton Borough Council.

Eilliswilliams Architects has submitted plans to create a two to three-storey building next to the main 19th century building chapel on Kingsthorpe Road.

Documents accompanying the application show that the new building will replace the listed garage within the grounds with a kitchen area, cafe and hospitality facility.

Director of finance for the Diocese of Northampton, Hugh Davies, said the proposals aim to make the cathedral more accessible for its 400-strong congregation.

He said: “Currently we have no facilities for the cathedral parish or the diocese for refreshments.

“When we have big masses of over three to four hundred people, we can’t give those people any refreshments, so that is the primary reasons for it.

“But in there will also be various function rooms for concerts, meetings and other activities.

“As well as that there will also be a cafe in there for local residents.”

“We see this as not just a centre for the diocese, but a centre for the community too.”

Original plans were to demolish the existing listed garage building.

But as heritage groups showed opposition to the removal of the listed building, the plans are now just to alter its interior and keep the outer structure.

The planning application also asks to demolish a “garden wall” within the cathedral grounds, and to create a new car park.

Mr Davies, who says the scheme will also help make the picturesque gardens to the rear of the cathedral more accessible, said he did not know how much the new facilities would cost to build.

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