St. Paul’s Cathedral, London – Equal Access Ramps

Daytime picture of equal access ramps at St Paul's Cathedral

Historic St. Paul’s Cathedral was designed by Christopher Wren. The new Equal Access Ramps were designed by CAROE Architecture. The ramps are the most significant external change and addition to the Cathedral in its 300-year history. The Equal Access Ramps are a permanent reversible structure, ‘floating’ over the original entrance steps so as not to damage the original historic fabric of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Harrison Goldman assisted CAROE, with quarry visits, sourcing, and selecting the Jordans Whitbed limestone blocks from Albion PLC, Portland Dorset. We continued to assist on site in London, with checks to ensure the quality of the stones used for the walls of the ramps. Chinese granite was used for the ramp surfaces. 

Night-time picture of equal access ramps at St Paul's Cathedral

Jordans Whitbed limestone was selected because it matches the original white Portland limestone and has shown itself to be durable in the London environment. For this project, it was important to select a bed that is most suitable for use at pavement level and has the characteristics that allow a tooled finish and desired appearance to be achieved. 

Client: Corporation of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s London 

Architect: CAROE Architecture 

Stone Consultant: Harrison Goldman