The tallest church in the UK is being raised by St Andrew’s in Manchester, the Evangelical church, as the first of the church’s eight elevations has been elevated by three metres.
The church, in Oldham, will be built in the churchyard and will sit above a five-storey shopping centre, the Church of St Matthew in St Albans.
It is the first elevation of the cathedral, which was built in 1670.
The church was originally built as the church of St Alban in 1496.
It was built to the north-east of St Andrews, the original seat of the King’s court.
In 1823, St Andrew moved to St Albanchard in East Anglia to take up his position at St Albach.
The church has stood since the 13th century, but it is the tallest in the world and was not completed until 1926.
“The church is going to be a very significant landmark in Manchester,” said Andrew Griffiths, of the Evangelicals.
There will be a “huge sense of pride” for the church, he said.
St Andrews is a large church with a “large, well-appointed building” which is designed for the congregation to be seated in, said Griffiths.
“We have an elevator which goes up to the church and down to the rest of the tower, which will be an extremely significant addition to the skyline,” he said, adding the church will be in a location that has been “pushed up a few notches”.
“It is going at a high level of elevation,” he added.
An image of St Andrews is seen on the side of the main street in the town of East Anglaire, England, on December 4, 2016.
The elevation was first proposed by the cathedral in 2011.
The plans for the tower were first revealed in January 2016, when the Evangelists announced they were planning to raise it by more than three metres from the current level of 3.5 metres.
The Evangelists have not made any official announcement about the height of the building yet, but said they would “follow the plan to the letter”.
“We will continue to work with the planning authorities to make sure that this historic church has the best possible chance of becoming the tallest church on earth,” they said in a statement.
The Evangelicals have not yet announced when they will start work on the building.
On the church side of StAndrews is St Matthew’s church, which is one of the most prominent Christian buildings in the country, with an impressive history dating back to the 1300s.
It is now one of two remaining churches in the historic area of East-Anglia.
Its historic importance dates back to 1266, when it was the seat of St John the Baptist’s monastery in Northumberland, England.
During the reign of King Henry VIII, St Matthew was the first church to be raised from the ground.