Access Link receives Civic Trust Award
The newly-opened Access Link to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’s crypt, the only part of Lutyen’s original Cathedral scheme to have been built, has been shortlisted to receive a Civic Trust Award. The project was designed by Nightingale Associates, a leading architectural practice, which has stepped outside of their usual field of specialism (health, education and science buildings for the public sector), to be part of a project that is not only important to the Cathedral itself but also to the enrichment of Liverpool’s architectural history.
Adrian Swain, Senior Director at Nightingale Associates Liverpool office, said:
“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award, and that the significance of this project has been recognised.
“The new design links a pavilion to the Cathedral with a glass corridor and entrance cut into the apse off of the main body of the Cathedral’s Nave. The pavilion’s position allows an understanding of the crypt’s relationship to the Cathedral and which will now house information about the Cathedral’s history and Lutyen’s original design. A descent into the crypt space via stairs or lift allows this once hidden architectural jewel to now be fully appreciated.”
The Crypt Link, a design sympathetic to both Gibberd’s Cathedral and Lutyen’s crypt, allows improved public access to the crypt and the museum it contains, opening this hidden crypt up to the a wider audience and encouraging its use as an exhibition space and for other activities.
This is the first addition to the building since its completion in 1967 and follows on from Nightingale Associates’ first involvement with the Cathedral in 1993 when a design team started a ten year programme of renovation and repairs to the main fabric of the Cathedral.
The Civic Trust Award, now in its 50th year, recognises excellence in the built environment within the UK. Nominations are not just judged on their innovation or how architecturally advanced they are but on their benefit to the local community, supporting the ethos that design should make better places for people; “those who use it and those who just pass by”.