STAGE 4 - Interior Works
Work began on the restoration of the Cathedral.
Some of the vinyl floor tiles were removed.
A platform was built outside the Southern Transept to allow a Bobcat, which will be driven into the Cathedral, to unload rubble directly into trucks below the platform.
The bobcat removing the floor slab.
A smaller machine was required for the aisles and between the pillars.
The altar has been removed and will be relocated further into the sanctuary.
The Baptismal Font will be relocated
The choir loft will be increased in size to accommodate the organ.
A paint scrape on the ceiling of the Baptistry has revealed the stars that were on the ceiling and covered up in the 1970's. These will be reinstated.
The removal of the slab from the Baptistry Floor has revealed the original black and white stone floor and the base of the pedestal for the Baptismal Font. This floor pattern wilil be restored and the Baptismal Font replaced on the pedestal.
The toilet block has been removed from the side of the Cathedral. The wall will be restored to its original state.
The wooden surround which was added in the 60's has been removed and the baptismal font will be moved back to its original position in the narthex .
It was feared the pattern which had been concealed by the altar would have been damaged but it is still in good condition and the area will be restored to the original design with the altar re positioned so that the pattern is visible underneath it.
Committee members inspect the renovations with Fr Robert Cross.
Most of the floor slab has now been laid. It will be polished to create a terrazzo effect and will be carpeted in the aisles and across the front of the sanctuary.
There will be a new Baptismal Font and Immersion Pool located inside the main entrance doors to the Cathedral.
This mosaic will form the base of the Immersion Pool.
The original Baptismal Font back in Narthex. Painters begin work.