Proposals revealed for Aberdeen cathedral’s £6 million makeover

Plans  for a £6 million extension to a city cathedral have gone on public display.

Floor plans and artist’s impressions of the proposed changes to St Machar’s Cathedral are available to view at the building.

The plans include an extension to the east side of the building over two storeys.

The ground floor would incorporate graves currently outside the building.

Benefits would include a new shop and reception area, an entrance hall and improved toilet facilities.

At first floor level a cafe is proposed which would provide for the congregation as well as visitors. This is hoped to attract passing trade to the facility, particularly students in the area, encouraging them to visit.

A large meeting room would be capable of accommodating between 30 and 40 people.

Flexible meeting spaces would also be created for needs such as Sunday school, creche, after school groups and commercial rent.

It is also intended to support the use of the church building as a civic space and performance venue.

DETAILS: Cathedral beadle Leslie McLeish with the plans for St Machar’s Cathedral expansion.  pictures by darrell benns

Old Aberdeen resident George Wood, 76, said he could see pros and cons to the plans after viewing them.

He said: “St Machar’s Cathedral is a great venue for music.

“They need facilities, but it’s going to interfere with its great heritage.

“I’m for it and against it. I’m torn.”