St Albans Cathedral celebrates completion of Deanery project

Representative from Borras joined St Albans Cathedral Clergy and staff members on Tuesday 20th September in the Deanery gardens to celebrate completion of the buildings recent refurbishment.

Our Special Works team worked in partnership with local architects Briffa Phillips to deliver the refurbishment over a demanding 12 week long contract period. The interior of the 1878 building, which is mainly used as office space by the Cathedral, was completely transformed and modernised. Demolition of existing walls and the formation of door openings created various new spaces and significantly altered the layout of the building’s three floors. Additional works included the installation of new lighting and extensive refurbishments throughout, find out more about the project here.

Dean of St Albans, The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John addressing the crowd in the Deanery Gardens

Dean of St Albans, The Very Revered Dr Jeffrey John began the afternoon with a few words praising the project team on their performance and dedication to delivering on time, regardless of a tight schedule. Dr John went on to comment “the character of the Deanery has been kept, but we now have an efficient, very attractive, safety compliant and pleasant place to work in. It is really excellent.”

Borras Construction Chairman Rae Borras attended along with Special Works Director Paul Pickering, Contracts Manager Alex Simpson and Site Manager on the scheme Richard Summerfield.

From left to right: David De Butts (Cathedral Project Adviser), Heather Smith (Cathedral Administrator), Rae Borras (Borras Chairman), The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John (Dean of St Albans), Richard Summerfield (Borras Site Manager), Alex Simpson (Borras Contracts Manager), Matt Briffa (Briffa Phillips) & Guy Madley (Cathedral I.T Manager)

Contract Manager on the scheme Alex Simpson spoke on behalf of our site team and Borras: “It has been a great honour to work on such a prestigious project, the Cathedral is an integral part of St Albans and our local community. Everyone from the consultants to the Cathedral staff worked hard and collaboratively, ensuring our job was made as easy and issue free as possible. We look forward to hopefully working with all involved parties again soon.”

Having been based in St Albans since our formation in 1980 Borras enjoy a well established relationship with the Cathedral. A few years ago we helped support the tireless work they do with local community groups by refurbishing their Crypt room, the closest thing they have to a community hall.


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