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Anything you can do... Architects build seven-foot tall Norwich Cathedral with icicle spire

PUBLISHED: 16:35 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:35 01 March 2018

The snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A firm of Norwich architects has accepted a challenge set by a rival practice – by building a seven-foot tall reconstruction of Norwich Cathedral in snow.

The snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The friendly competition began when LSI Architects in Golden Ball Street made a model of Norwich Castle keep instead of the traditional snowman.

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Determined to go one better, a team at Chaplin Farrant pulled on their gloves and rolled up their sleeves to build a replica of the cathedral, complete with icicle spires.

The whole build took the eight-strong team just over an hour, said Mark Camidge, director of the Thorpe-based firm.

“LSI really set the bar when they did the castle and they threw down the gauntlet to us. They did the castle because they could see it from their office so, as our first offices were in the cathedral cloisters, we decided to do Norwich Cathedral.

The snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“The scale got slightly bigger than we expected,” added Mr Camidge. “One of the guys suggested using icicles for spires, and fortunately there was enough snow around for us. Let’s see what other architects can come up with.”

Director Mark Camidge with the spire of the snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYDirector Mark Camidge with the spire of the snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe snow cathedral made by Chaplin Farrant architects and engineers at Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


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