The restoration of St Michael and John's Cathedral has won a National Trust Heritage Award.
The project, which began eight years ago, and was completed earlier this year, won in the category of Conservation: Built Heritage at the National Trust (NSW) annual awards held in Sydney on May 13.
The award is a wonderful recognition of the restoration project that aimed to extend the life of the 159-yearold Cathedral by at least an additional 100 years.
Completed in March 2021, it is the most significant renovation in the lifetime of the building, taking eight years to complete at a cost of $8.2million.
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In 2011, Bishop Michael McKenna initiated the Cathedral Restoration Project, due to the building's major structural issues requiring urgent repair.
This included extensive salt and water damage caused by poor sub floor ventilation and moisture levels; deteriorating brick and stonework, including the intricate exterior carvings; deteriorating copper and slate roofing and stained glass windows.
The Most Reverend Michael McKenna, Bishop of Bathurst attended the award ceremony and was delighted with the announcement.
Bishop McKenna expressed his gratitude to the National Trust for the award and their support.
He said he was also grateful for everyone who had worked on and donated to the project, which has enhanced the beauty and heritage of the historic city of Bathurst.
He was also grateful to God for a safe working environment which gave meaningful employment to many and trained up a new generation of artisans.
The ceremony was held at heritage-listed Dolton House in Pyrmont, featuring special guest speakers: President of the National Trust of Australia (NSW), Neil Wykes OAM; the National Trust's Director of Conservation, David Burdon; Chair of the Heritage Council of NSW, Frank Howarth and the Chair of the National Trust Heritage Awards Judging Committee, Matt Devine.
The National Trust Heritage Awards is in its 27th year and awards projects that demonstrate excellence in the conservation, protection and interpretation of Aboriginal, built, natural and cultural heritage.