Client: Martin Thomas Associates
Location: Glastonbury, Somerset
Description of Work: Mechanical and Electrical Services
Duration: November 2013 – February 2014
Glastonbury Abbey was founded in the 7th century and enlarged in the 10th, before a major fire in 1184 destroyed the buildings. It was rebuilt and by the 14th century was one of the richest and most powerful monasteries in England. The ruins are now a grade I listed building, and it is open as a visitor attraction.
The Abbot’s Kitchen is one of only a handful of medieval kitchens surviving in the world, and it is being stabilised and protected as part of a major conservation project supported by Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Glastonbury Abbey’s Appeal ‘Rescue Our Ruins’.
As part of the project to stabilise these ruins, Wessex installed new lighting and power, as well as underfloor heating throughout.
Following on from the above works, in August 2014 we were asked to carry out the installation of a new lighting scheme in the Lady Chapel. This building was built immediately after the disastrous fire which consumed much of the abbey in 1184, and was completed by 1187. The works are due to complete in October 2014.