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Before the piazza was formed in the 1960s, the west doors to the cathedral were approached from a narrow pavement to Ashley Place, behind the office buildings that fronted Victoria Street. The steps looked mean once the piazza had been created and when the Disability Discrimination Act came into force it became apparent that improved access must be provided. In 2008 a new arrangement was made, the step line being brought forward in a sweeping curve to accommodate ramped access to either side, behind the new steps.
As part of the aim to improve visitors’ facilities for the cathedral, a new building to house the toilets was designed with careful detailing to complement the existing brickwork of Bentley’s building in a contemporary manner, but to sit comfortably on the south side of the cathedral as the buildings only ‘extension’