ANDREW ARROL bids farewell to York Minster!

Following an extremely successful 15 years in the role of Surveyor of the Fabric at York Minster, it is time for Andrew to hand over the reigns to his Successor, Oliver Caroe.

During his time serving York Minster as Cathedral Architect, he has successfully undertaken and completed a large scale HLF “York Minster Revealed” project – a £23 million scheme, part of which involved a major renewal of the Minster’s museum facilities in the Undercroft. This project improves display and access facilities without disturbing the medieval, Romanesque and Roman fabric in the Undercroft.  The East Front fabric repair project involved major stone conservation and repair work in tandem with the complete conservation and restoration of the Great East Window itself.

The repair and conservation of the Great East window glass was a five year long project that sat alongside the East Front stone-work repair process.  The work was highly specialised and required expert knowledge of history, technique and conservation philosophy.  The Great East window is the largest medieval window in Britain.  The conservation methodologies for conserving the glazing were developed specifically for the project and required a very complex and demanding Consent procedure.


In June 2019, he was invited to visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame, following the severe fire and has since held fascinating lectures on this visit.


Andrew has also won numerous awards as part of the York Minster team, such as: The Natural Stone Award in 2018 for the restoration of the East Front; the York Design Award in both 2011 and 2018 for the work to the Great East Window; and the York City Council Design Awards in both 2011 and 2014 for the York Minster Piazza project and the East End Exhibition.