The Fratry, at Carlisle Cathedral, has won the Repair and Restoration (Ecclesiastical) category at the Natural Stone Awards 2022. It was also highly commended in the New Build Modern Style Stone Cladding category.
The annual award ceremony now in its 21st year is organized by the Stone Federation Great Britain which is the national trade association for the natural stone industry.
The winners were announced at a prestigious event in London on 2nd December, compered by Jim Rosenthal, sports presenter, and with commentary by Alan Dedicoat, the National Lottery’s “Voice of the Balls”. The award was presented by Charlie Luxton, architectural designer and television presenter.
Speaking about the Fratry, judges commented: “Through reinstating historic relevance to the original doorway, the adopted light-touch, but comprehensive and philosophically informed, conservation approach has returned both internal historic spaces to greater public use whilst enhancing functional and economic benefits for the cathedral”.
Over 10 years since its conception, work on the Grade I-listed Fratry building was completed in June 2020.
The £3.4m project was funded by a £1.9m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a major fundraising campaign supported by the Friends of Carlisle Cathedral, grant-making trusts, donations by members of the public and events at the Cathedral.
Canon Michael Manley, Canon Missioner and Interim Dean said, “We are delighted to hear the news of this award. Ian Askin and the stonemason team at Askin & Little have done an amazing job with the restoration of the stone work, particularly on the entrance to the Fratry, and they deserve the praise they are now receiving for the beautiful work”.
It has been a year of awards for The Fratry Project at Carlisle Cathedral. It was a double winner at this year’s RIBA awards receiving both RIBA North West Award 2022 and RIBA North West Special Award for Sustainability. The Fratry Project’s architect Ingrid Petit, from Feilden Fowles, also won the RIBA North West Project Architect of the Year 2022 for her work on the Fratry. The Fratry then went on to win the RIBA National Winners Award later in the year.
“It’s been a very successful year for The Fratry Project and we are thrilled the beauty of our amazing building is getting recognition and attention from such industry leaders. From the many comments we receive from locals and visitors to the Cathedral, we know how much people appreciate what has been achieved.” Said Canon Michael Manley.
The aim of the Fratry project was to bring the Fratry building back-to-life, making it a cultural hub in the city centre with the addition of the pavilion café, as well as education, exhibition and event spaces in the Fratry Hall and Undercroft.
The award-winning Fratry building and café are open daily, allowing you to take time out, relax with views of the Cathedral and precinct, and enjoy a tasty festive treat on the run up to Christmas.