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Award winning architect appointed by Cathedral Chapter

Posted By : Marie Thomas Saturday 28th March 2015

Salisbury Cathedral has appointed award-winning architect, Izaak Hudson of Purcell Architects in Bristol, to the post of 'Surveyor of the Fabric' or Cathedral Architect. He takes on the role just as it has been announced that the Cathedral has been awarded a £150,000 grant towards urgent repairs from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. Izaak will assume the role of Cathedral Architect today, 1 April , taking over from Michael Drury of St Ann’s Gate Architects. Michael Drury is stepping down after 22 years with the Cathedral.

No stranger to ancient and venerable buildings, Izaak already serves as architect to Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff and Malmesbury Abbey, once one of Salisbury's great rivals. Every Anglican Cathedral in England must by law employ a specialist architect to advise the Cathedral administration, or Chapter, on the repair, conservation and servicing of the building.  Izaak’s job will require him to undertake regular inspections of the Cathedral’s fabric, provide detailed surveys of its condition, and supervise any work on the Cathedral in collaboration with Gary Price, Clerk of the Works. 


The Salisbury Cathedral Architect, Izaak Hudson said: “I am delighted to be appointed as architect for this magnificent Cathedral, and I very much look forward to working with all the staff to ensure its ongoing care and development as a vibrant place of worship and culture, and an inspirational visitor attraction.  The care and conservation of ancient structures holds particular interest for me, but I am also passionate about high-quality new design work and imaginative interpretation. Recent developments in the Cathedral - its Refectory and the new toilet facilities - are exciting designs of which the Cathedral and its Chapter are rightly proud. I would like to extend a warm thank you to my predecessor, Michael Drury, who was responsible for this development and has accomplished so much at Salisbury Cathedral over the last two decades." 


Izaak's predecessor, Michael Drury was appointed Cathedral Architect for Salisbury Cathedral in January 1993 and was responsible for a significant part of the Major Repair Programme, which has been underway for nearly thirty years. In January a milestone was reached with the scaffolding being removed from the public facing parts of the Cathedral, revealing it in its full glory ready for the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Celebrations. 


The Revd Canon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Canon Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral and the Chapter member responsible for the Cathedral’s Fabric said: “The person you appoint to take care of a building as loved and precious as Salisbury Cathedral has to have special qualities in addition to the knowledge and professionalism inevitably required for the complex conservation and repair projects. They have to understand how the building works, what it means to the people who use it and work within it and how it speaks about God. We are placing our trust in Izaak Hudson, just as we have done in the past with Michael Drury, because Izaak not only shares our passion for this wonderful building but his skill and dedication to conservation and repair will ensure it remains in good order for generations to come.”


Izaak, who lives in Bristol with his German partner Elke and ten-year-old son, Jakob, inherits the Major Repair Programme in its final stages, with completion scheduled for 2017-18 on the East face of the building. In what spare time he has he plans to continue restoring his lovely Victorian house and can be found tinkering on his 1957 BSA motorbike or out and about in his converted Volkswagen camper van!