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RIBA East Great British Buildings

Wed, 1 November 2017 at 5.45pm

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear more about this RIBA East Award winning building from the architect who designed it.

As part of this series of events showcasing 2017's Award winners, St Albans Abbey will host a talk and tour by Richard Griffiths.

"As a body of restoration, repair and sensitive small interventions with an intelligent overseeing approach this is exemplary conservation work."

The conservation work has included preserving the deteriorating medieval clunch masonry of the original cloisters and the cleaning, conserving and lighting of the 13th Century west porches. Richard Griffith has overseen the conservation of medieval wall paintings as well as exposing the glories of the Lady Chapel which were concealed under layers of filth.

Improvements have been made for better access throughout the building. Inside it has been a challenge because of the multiple levels consisting of a total of twenty-two steps in various locations but ramps and lifts have been successfully integrated. The layout of the nave has been altered to allow for better liturgy that includes new furniture, raised platforms and creating a processional route between nave and choir. To suit new requirements the choir stalls have been extended.

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