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Work has started at Salisbury Cathedral to improve facilities for visitors, the congregation and all who work in the building.

A purpose-designed building is taking shape in the Little Paradise site between the Chapter House and south transept, as part of a long-awaited project to provide new toilet facilities and storage space.

The Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, said: “We are keen to make the cathedral more welcoming and comfortable for all who come here, and this resource will undoubtedly help with that. Our existing facilities really don’t do justice to the other aspects of our hospitality and a lack of space means some bulky items are stored in parts of our cloisters, detracting from that beautiful and reflective space.

“Little Paradise is the ancient name for the area between the cathedral and the Chapter House and it will, I hope, bring much comfort to those who visit it in the future. We expect the work to be completed by the end of November, ready for the great advent and Christmas services and are grateful to the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral who have funded this project to date and are committed to raising more.”

The area is being constructed in stone with flint masonry to enhance the appearance of the south side of the building. It has been designed to ensure it harmonises with the cathedral and has minimum impact on the fabric of the building.