Battle Abbey restoration project boosts year round visitors.
USL was appointed as Principal Contractor for the Conquest and Consequences Project at Battle Abbey. As the main objective, the English Heritage Trust wished to refresh the visitor interpretation and experience of this remarkable Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The outstanding 14th century Gatehouse formed the focus of the new scheme. An innovative public viewing access to the roof was created by repairing the stone turret staircases and prefabricating and installing a specially designed freestanding observation deck, giving breath-taking views over the battlefield and the town.
Other extensive works at the Abbey included; relocation of office facilities from Gatehouse to Courthouse, refurbishment and adaption of existing conference room to accommodate new offices and create new meeting spaces, improvements to existing toilet facilities, new exhibition space, as well as repairs to a number of historic structures. Restoration works comprised of dormitory, latrines, guest range, crypt, dairy and icehouse, former stables, south lodge and the precinct walls. A fantastic Harold stone was carved in-situ by USL banker mason to be placed in the garden.
All works were carried out whilst the site remained open to the public and grounds continued to be accessible for the adjacent school.