With renovations progressing more quickly than expected, St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart will be closed for a further two months to extend restoration works to include the cathedral’s terrazzo floor. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.
Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous said the cathedral will remain closed to undertake a full restoration of the cathedral’s terrazzo flooring, requiring the reopening to be delayed by two months.
“The result will be a cathedral which will serve the spiritual and pastoral needs of the diocese for some decades to come,” Archbishop Porteous said.
The entire restoration of the cathedral’s interior was running ahead of schedule and within budget, the archbishop added.
The cathedral closed on July 4 to allow the much-needed restoration task to commence. The main focus of the project is the refurbishment and restoration of the timber floors, repairs and restoration of damaged walls, including water damage, replacement of the heating system with reverse cycle floor heating/cooling, and full replacement of the outdated incandescent lighting with energy efficient LED lighting.
In order to install the new floor heating system, some parts of the main aisle’s terrazzo flooring have already been removed. Replacement of all the terrazzo will include remodelling the forward sanctuary area and relocation of the altar towards the chancel, increasing the cathedral’s seating capacity.
The cathedral’s pews have been removed and are being restored off-site, and the building’s sound system is also being reviewed and updated.
Project Manager Michael Mckenna said the new lighting had made “an enormous difference”, causing the building to “come alive”.
St Mary’s Cathedral restoration work extended (By Catherine Sheehan, Hobart Archdiocese)