A sophisticated, sensitive and uplifting adjunct to Carlisle Cathedral won Ingrid Petit of Feilden Fowles the North West RIBA Project Architect of the Year Award
North West RIBA Regional Award 2022
Feilden Fowles for Carlisle Cathedral
Contract value: £2.49m
Cost per m2: £5,313
Originally a monastic dining hall, the Fratry is an imposing adjunct to Carlisle Cathedral. Its exemplary transformation combines discerning conservation and an ingenious extension. The refurbished Fratry Hall now hosts events, and education space was created within its vaulted undercroft. The low-profile extension handles movement between them, frames a courtyard and accommodates a café. Its design is rich in references to the historic building, from the bronze diagrid structure of the stair tower to CNC-cut sandstone walls with windows set in pointed arches. Project architect Ingrid Petit fully embraced the role of master builder, interrogating every detail – the subtle manipulation of depth and shadow, and the grain of each piece of stone. Continuing the tradition of craftsmanship at the cathedral, it is a sophisticated, sensitive and uplifting building.