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John Laing Centre

Ensuring access for all.

Completed in early 2022, the John Laing Centre is the first extension to the New Cathedral since it opened in 1962.

Based upon plans by architect Sir Basil Spence for a never-built Christian Service Centre, the John Laing Centre was carefully designed to echo and complement the existing fabric of the building.

The Pavilion significantly improves accessibility within the Cathedral with accessible toilets at nave level, as well as a passenger operated lift to the undercroft. Baby changing facilities are also available.

The Pavilion also includes multipurpose rooms which are used by the Events and Education teams, as well as AV and kitchen facilities.

If you are interested in hiring the John Laing Centre please find out more here.

Directions and accessibility
Wheelchair accessible

There is level access to the Pavilion from the Cathedral Nave, using the ramp on the left-hand side of the building. There is access to the lower floor via a lift.


All doors within the Pavilion are operated with a large push button and are wide enough for wheelchairs or mobility scooters.


There are accessible toilets located within the Pavilion.

Guide dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome.

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