MP pays visit to view work at cathedral

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Ongoing work to revamp Sheffield Cathedral at a cost of millions of pounds has been inspected by city MP Meg Munn.

The Gateway Project involves creating a new entrance with easier access into the Grade I-listed building, plus new seating, under-floor heating and a more efficient lighting system.

While much of the cathedral is currently closed to the public, parts remain open for services and partition screens allow the public to see some of the work that is underway.

Ms Munn, Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley, said: “The cathedral is an important building in the heart of our city. Parts of it date back to the 14th Century, while other sections were built in the 1960s.

“It was helpful to meet the team in charge of this project and to understand more about the cathedral’s plans for the future.”

About 50,000 people visit the cathedral every year and officials hope visitor numbers will increase following the project’s completion in 2014.

Work aims to make the building more accessible to visitors while preserving its historic features.

Funding includes £1.3 million from the Heritage Lottery fund plus donations.