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Contractor picked for £19.3m Bath Abbey revamp

Bath Abbey has picked local contractor Emery to deliver £19.3m of repairs to the city’s crumbling landmark.

Emery will restore the abbey’s collapsing floor, install a new heating system using Bath’s hot springs, and enlarge capacity by creating 200 sq m of new facilities for worshippers and visitors.

Wessex Water will dig and lay pipes that will carry hot water from the nearby Roman Baths into the abbey’s new heating system.

Wheeler’s is the M&E contractor for the work, while SSH Conservation will be responsible for the stonework.

The project has been supported by Heritage Lottery funding and has been in planning and development for the past nine years.

According to an OJEU notice published in January 2017, the contract is valued at £10.3m and five contractors were invited to tender for the job.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) is lead consultant and architect for the scheme, with Buro Happold acting as MEP engineer and Mann Williams as structural engineer.

Three different churches have occupied the site of today’s abbey since 757AD, and the current building was extensively renovated between 1864 and 1874 by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Bath Abbey project director Charles Curnock said: “We are pleased to announce Emery as lead contractor with SSH Conservation and Wheeler’s as subcontractors, and look forward to the work commencing on site.

“While we received a high calibre of tenders from all across Europe, we are very pleased to be working with companies who are based in the South-west.”

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