News: Guildford Cathedral and VIVID

Guildford Cathedral is delighted to announce that it’s working with VIVID to build a small housing development on Stag Hill. 

VIVID has significant expertise and experience in providing affordable housing as well as private residential homes and the housing association is an existing provider of affordable housing to Guildford Borough Council. 

This collaboration will enable Guildford Cathedral to engage with Guildford Borough Council and local residents to develop a sustainable mixed community on the site, and go some way to address the shortage of affordable housing in Guildford.  Importantly, the scheme will also provide a financial endowment to help fund the Cathedral’s long term repairs and maintenance.

The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford, said, “We are delighted to have VIVID alongside us as we take the project forward. The Cathedral, with VIVID, will engage with our local community and Guildford Borough Council seeking to build on all the comments and concerns expressed last year.”

Mike Shepherd,Director of New Business and Development at VIVID said:

“We’re very pleased to be involved in this project that’ll deliver much-needed new homes to the people of Guildford. We look forward to working with local residents on the consultation to listen to their views. We aim to build 1,200 new homes a year across our area of operation and to make them genuinely affordable for everyone; this project with the Cathedral is a great partnership that’ll deliver modern and comfortable housing to people in the area.”


For further information on VIVID, please contact:

Emma Prince, Communications Business Partner, on tel: 023 9283 6967 or email:

For further information on Guildford Cathedral, please contact:

Matt O’Grady, Director of Operations, on tel: 01483 547864 or email:

Notes to editors

VIVID is Hampshire’s largest provider of affordable homes with around 70,000 customers and 30,000 homes in the South East, mainly across Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. VIVID has around 850 staff including their own repairs team. 

Guildford Cathedral, completed in 1965, is the newest Cathedral in the south of England.  It serves the Diocese of Guildford which covers most of Surrey, parts of north east Hampshire and small parts of West Sussex and London.  The building is Grade II* listed and it is situated on a prominent site above the A3.




Added Friday 8th June 2018