Coventry Cathedral



Coventry Cathedral is unique in heritage when placed among other British Cathedrals. It is an outstanding example of modernist mid 20th century architecture, noted as ‘the nation’s favourite 20th century building’, and is a global symbol and agency for facilitating reconciliation.

Kelley Christ of AR&ME is delighted to be working with the Dean & Chapter of Coventry Cathedral as their appointed architect at such a pivotal moment of its history, as the Cathedral is about to celebrate 100 years with Cathedral Status. A re-evaluation of the original vision conceived by Sir Basil Spence could not have come at a better time.

A&RME first began with an external repair project of the Chapel of Unity, something of which has received significant funding from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund. Following a successful trial period completed late 2016, Messenger BCR were appointed principal contractor for the major programme, which will see the remaining 9 bays of the building completed. This contract work commenced on site early April 2017, due to be completed in January 2018.

The Dean & Chapter of Coventry Cathedral

Cathedral Architect since May 2015

Grade I



Current and recent Project list:

  • Chapel of Unity External Repair Project. 
  • First Quinquennial Precinct inspection.
  • Project Preparation Phase:  Conservation of Graham Sutherland’s Great Tapestry 'Christ in Glory in the Tetramorph'.
  • Review of heating and mechanical ventilation systems with services consultants Max Fordham LLP.
  • Feasibility Study into the installation of temporary handrails to the Queens Steps.

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