Wakefield Cathedral opens up with Arkoni

The West and South porch entrances at Wakefield Cathedral now have a stunning and contemporary look that perfectly complement almost 800 years of history at the famous West Yorkshire venue.

New glazed and intricately etched doors now adorn the two entrances with the manufacturing expertise of Arkoni Metalwork playing its part in a comprehensive ongoing restoration of the cathedral being carried out by long standing building conservation specialists William Anelay Ltd under the stewardship of architects Thomas Ford & Partners.  

Arkoni’s Sales & Technical Manager Martin Quarmby took up the story: ”Manufacturing the new glazed doors, some reaching up to 4 metres in height and made from 11.5 toughened laminated glass, proved to be a challenging project. “

”The South porch consists of a large set of arched double doors fitted within the existing stonework with an overall size of 1800mm x 3500mm. “

”The West porch is in the form a U-shaped entrance with two single size doors and a pair of double doors, 4000mm high, that lead directly into the Nave.
“Manufacturing the doors and frames into an arched rolled profile that exactly matched the curvature of the stonework proved to be a complex task.

“The finished job looks outstanding and provides a very modern and eye-catching addition to the cathedral’s West and South porches,” added Martin.

The cathedral’s distinctive logo has been manifested into the glass using a blast etching process.

John Bailey from Thomas Ford & Partners commented: “”Arkoni’s craftsmanship and manufacturing skills have helped to enhance the two main cathedral entrance areas with the etched glazed doors and screens providing a contemporary addition to this ancient building.”

Arkoni is also helping to transform the main entrance area of another historic Yorkshire cathedral currently being refurbished by William Anelay Ltd just down the road in Sheffield