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Search begins for Abingdon Abbey restoration architect

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Friends of Abingdon Civic Society is seeking a conservation architect for a £4 million overhaul of the town’s Grade I-listed abbey

The winning team will make historic buildings owned by the society more accessible and improve their sustainability.

Formerly known as the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary at Abingdon, the settlement was the sixth wealthiest monastery in England when it was dissolved in 1538.

Of the surviving buildings, the Abbey Gateway, St Nicolas Church and the former St John’s Hospital are now part of the Guild Hall which is operated by Abingdon Town Council.

Friends of Abingdon Civic Society meanwhile owns the Bakehouse – now home to the Unicorn Theatre – the Checker Hall and Checker and the Long Gallery.

The historic buildings overlooking the River Thames were saved from demolition, restored and opened to the public in the 1940s.

The 89-capacity Unicorn Theatre – featuring an Elizabethan style thrust stage – opened in 1953.

Up to six teams will be shortlisted for the £350,000 contract which is expected to last four years.

A cost consultant and exhibition designer are sought in separate lots.

The deadline for requests to participate is 5pm on 25 March.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Bryan Brown
Friends of Abingdon Civic Society
18 Thames Street
OX14 3HZ

Tel: +44 1235525339
Email: enhancement@friendsofabingdon.org.uk

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