Iconic London Cathedral Goes ‘Under the Microscope’

The Building
Designed in 1891 by Alfred Waterhouse, The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile is an exceptional example of the Victorian Gothic architecture.  Similar in style to the Natural History Museum and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors headquarters, which were also designed and built by Waterhouse, the Cathedral has long been an iconic feature of Capital’s architectural heritage.

The Brief
PBC was instructed to undertake a survey of the building, to report upon its general condition and to advise upon repairs required to the main building, external fabric and services.

Project Challenges
The Cathedral consists of four, separate Grade II listed properties which have been adjoined to form the church ‘building’.

Its location on a busy one-way system in Mayfair in Central London, prohibited the use of elevation platforms and hoists. Consequently, inspection of the facades was undertaken from ground level only, or where suitable vantage points were available through opening windows internally. The remaining ‘high level’ areas were surveyed using aerial photography.

This is the first stage of instruction of this landmark building, so we look forward to updating you on this project as it progresses.