St Albans Cathedral Precinct

The 6.5ha precinct of Abbey Church of St Alban is not only a vital part of the setting of an extraordinary Grade I listed ancient cathedral, but also a landscape that is highly sensitive and significant in its own right, and forms part of an ambitious masterplan by J & L Gibbons.

The Welcome Centre landscape completed in 2019 was the first phase of a wider landscape ambition. Incrementally, subject to fundraising, the entire Cathedral Precinct landscape will be rejuvenated, inspired by stakeholder and community engagement and historic research, to re-envisage the monastic precinct. The scheme reflects local initiatives aimed at enhancing biodiversity and defines the Cathedral’s commitment to becoming an outstanding place of welcome and hospitality. The design reflects an appreciation of the character and materiality of St Albans, responding both to the heritage context and to the everyday requirements of the Cathedral and its actively engaged community.


Client St Albans Cathedral
Location St Albans, Hertfordshire
Date 2017-ongoing
Area 6.5ha
Trees planted 14


Landscape Architect J & L Gibbons
Architect Simpson & Brown Architects
Building Structural Engineer Momentum Structural Engineers
Landscape Structural and Civil Engineer Civic Engineers
Service Engineer Mott MacDonald
Soil Scientist Tim O'Hare Associates
Lighting Design Studio Dekka
Arboricultural Consultant Crown
Building Quantity Surveyor Artelia
Landscape Quantity Surveyor Jackson Coles
Landscape Management Land Management Services