Liverpool Cathedral is one of only five Cathedrals in Britain to employ constables. The team operate around the clock, 365 days a year to ensure security and the safety and good conduct of visitors. Read how a NEXEDGE® digital radio system provides the backbone of their lone worker communications.
Delivering security and public safety at one of the world’s largest Cathedrals.
Described by former British Poet Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, as “one of the great buildings of the world”, Liverpool Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool, is the masterpiece of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and stands as an iconic building on Liverpool’s famous cityscape. With its Foundation Stone laid in 1904, during the 20th century hundreds of skilled craftsmen dedicated hours to constructing the magnificent edifice which was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1978.
Liverpool Cathedral boasts the country’s largest organ, the world’s heaviest and highest peal of bells, an amazing panoramicview across the city and beyond as well as an awe inspiring yet intimate interior.
The building covers an area of 9,687.4 square metres (104,274 sq ft) and has a maximum capacity of 3,500 standing, or around 2,300 fully seated – a space and capacity which rivals many purpose built venues.
More than a place of worship, Liverpool Cathedral has become a world class visitor destination.
The Anglican Cathedral is seen as a spiritual heartbeat in the city and is home to a vibrant worshipping community. On weekdays visitors experience for free the exquisite evensong sung by the magnificent choir – Liverpool’s best kept musical secret. As well as traditional and contemporary worship, visitors can find quiet, contemplative spaces to reflect, pray and explore the big questions of life through discussions, art and study groups.
Increasingly, Liverpool Cathedral is regarded as a cultural and heritage destination and plays an active part in hosting many citywide events including innovative theatre and stimulating exhibitions for audiences of all ages in addition to frequent family activities, school visits and tour parties throughout the year.
In keeping with the vision of encouraging the widest possible range of visitors to the Cathedral, it houses works by five Royal Academicians: Craigie Aitchison, Tracey Emin, Christopher Le Brun and Adrian Wisniewski, and Elisabeth Frink, while sited high up in the Triforium is a unique museum of ecclesiastical embroidery formerly in the collection of Elizabeth Hoare.
Naturally, the Cathedral also has its fair share of visiting dignitaries. The Queen, Prince Charles, the Dalai Lama, Tony Blair and Sir Paul McCartney, have all visited the Cathedral in recent years.
These special occasions require a great deal of planning, increased security and close co-operation between the Cathedral’s security team, Merseyside Police, Special Branch, Royal protection officers, government departments and the various Royal households.
At the heart of the Cathedral’s security operations is Liverpool Cathedral’s constabulary.