Construction of a modern cathedral has begun in Britain. The design, to use reinforced concrete in a complete departure from the age old traditional British cathedrals, was chosen from 298 submitted in open international competition. The new cathedral will take the shape of a vast cone 350 feet in diameter at base and will sweep to a central tower, the topmost pinnacles of which will be more than 300 feet above ground level. The cone portion of the structure will rise some 130 feet to terminate in a box ring beam, approximately 90 feet in diameter. The basis of the design is to provide a church "in the round" so that the whole congregation will have a clear view of the altar.