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Rochester Cathedral conservation scheme appoints project manager

Focus Consultants has won a contract to act as buildings project manager on a £3M project to conserve and repair Rochester Cathedral.

Focus will act as building project manager and quantity surveyor on the scheme at Rochester Cathedral, which is England’s second oldest and was founded in AD 604.

The project will create new visitor displays in the crypt and library and improve access, while also aiming to showcase the cathedral’s jewel in the crown – the Textus Roffensis. Older than the Magna Carta, the manuscript is currently locked away in the archives of Medway Council but the project will give it a new home.

“This is an incredibly sensitive project, bearing in mind that Rochester Cathedral is a place of worship and the second oldest cathedral in the country,” said Focus partner Steven Fletcher.

Design work is now underway on the Rochester Cathedral scheme, which has received Heritage Lottery Funding. Work is expected to start on site during the summer of 2013, with completion expected in March 2014.

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