Blackburn Cathedral Quarter

Visitors flocking to Blackburn’s Cathedral Flower Festival relaxed throughout the new Cathedral Quarter grounds. The event celebrated, and was organised to coincide with completion of the phase 1 regeneration works that place the Cathedral back at the heart of Blackburn’s communities and form a characterful gateway to the town centre.

The scheme opens up the Cathedral grounds to create new animated public realm as an extension of the town centre. This approach reflects the Cathedral’s inclusive and outward looking ethos, embracing and drawing people together whatever their faith or beliefs.

The scheme recognises the Cathedral’s significant architectural and historic importance, dramatically repairing its setting and grounds to provide a series of well-connected flexible spaces. These include a tranquil Clergy Garth, intimate Crypt Square, ornamental Cathedral Gardens and Cathedral Square. The spaces combine to recreate Blackburn Cathedral Quarter as a special meeting place that supports community life and attracts visitors.

Planit-IE undertook the commission for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, working in collaboration with Purcell Architects, BPD, Arup and Eric Wright Construction.