Durham Cathedral’s central tower will reopen to the public tomorrow after restoration by Purcell, once again offering unique views of the city. The tower is 66 metres high, with 325 steps leading to the viewing platform.

An inspection of the cathedral revealed that urgent repair work was needed on the central tower. Purcell Partner Chris Cotton, Durham Cathedral’s Conservation Architect, has been overseeing the restoration project since 2015.

The work has been challenging and has involved stone renewal and restoration to both the exterior and interior of the tower. The iron railings which were installed during the Victorian era have been replaced with new bronze railings. These have been fixed using the medieval technique of hot poured lead which minimalises mortar erosion.

The cathedral stone masons have done a fabulous job with acute attention to detail and it has been a pleasure working with them.

Chris Cotton, Purcell Partner

This morning, Chris was interviewed live on BBC Breakfast at the top of the tower. He discussed the restoration works with weather presenter Sarah Keith-Lucas.