YOUNGSTERS with autism helped Durham Cathedral mark the first anniversary of the project to build a Lego replica.
About 350,000 bricks will be needed to build the 3.84m long model.
More than 80,000 bricks have been laid in the first year of building
The children from the North East Autism Society (NEAS) helped build the cathedral’s high altar as part of their sensory therapy sessions.
“We also had representatives of the North East Chamber of Commerce at the first anniversary,” said a cathedral spokesman.
“These two diverse groups demonstrate how the Lego project has captured the imagination of a wide range of people.”
At the current rate of progress the Lego cathedral will take about four years to build - ten times quicker than the real one which took 40 years.
Kat Marjoribanks, from NEAS said: “LEGO is such a fantastic resource for all sorts of different people and working with it has given the NEAS service users the opportunity to gain valuable life skills such as concentration and team work.
“It is a great opportunity for us all to work in partnership with local projects also using LEGO.”
Chief Executive of the NECC James Ramsbotham, said: “We are commemorating NECC’s 200th year in 2015 and are celebrating all that is great about North East businesses. As part of those celebrations Durham Cathedral features as one of our charities of the year and we are encouraging other large scale local businesses to take ownership of block sections of the LEGO Cathedral and become corporate donors to this fantastic project.
“I have watched the LEGO Cathedral grow from small beginnings and would encourage everyone to come and see it and buy a brick themselves to be part of this unique fundraising idea.”
Anyone wanting to sponsor bricks can do so in person at the cathedral, or online: www.durhamcathedral.co.uk