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CATHEDRAL ARCHITECT TO TALK TO RIPON CIVIC SOCIETY

22nd March 2013
The architect who is responsible for the fabric of Ripon Cathedral, Oliver Caroe, will be the speaker at the next meeting of Ripon Civic Society on Thursday 4 April.

Appointed as Cathedral Architect in 2010, Oliver Caroe has already been honoured by the Civic Society in its Annual Awards last year for his design of the new western narthex doors, which have allowed the west doors to be opened and let light flood the building.

Oliver Caroe is the fourth generation of his family to practise as an architect. His work, which is wide-ranging, puts particular emphasis on the sustainability of existing and historic buildings. As a specialist in conservation, he has particular expertise in conserving, repairing and improving churches, from the medieval through to the Victorian.

As well as his post at Ripon, Oliver, whose practice is based in Cambridge, is Surveyor of the Fabric at St Paul’s Cathedral, and has carried out conservation work at Kirkstall Abbey, at the House of Lords and at St John's College, Cambridge.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘Oliver is one of this country’s leading conservation architects, and Ripon is fortunate to have him looking after the cathedral. In his talk he will set his role as Cathedral Architect in the wider context of his practice, and outline the role of a conservation architect in dealing with some of the country’s most important buildings.’

Everyone is welcome to the talk, which takes place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 4 April at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon. There is a charge of £3.00 for anyone who is not a Civic Society member.

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