The works include;
- Removal and reinstatement of brickwork
- Underpinning of abbey basement – excavating 200 tonnes of soil by hand
- Structural Reinforcing
- Rebuilding Walls
- Asbestos Removal
- Demolition works
- Decoration of Sash Windows
- Diesel Storage Tank Removal
- Mechanical and Electrical works
- Stone Masonary including, Stone replacements, Window Heads, Window Jambs, Raking out and re-pointing.
In addition to the conservations work, a new conservatory is to be built, linking the Abbey to the Billiard Room. A kitchen will also be built to provide catering services for functions taking place at the Abbey.
When complete the buildings will be multi-functional, providing the following services:
- A hub for tourism and culture in Northamptonshire Tourism
- Commercial office sub-lets
- Venue for functions e.g. weddings and events
The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and other contributers will culminate in the building being open to the public in summer 2016 for the first time in the site’s 900-year history.
Project Progress (September 2015)
To date the groundworks to the basement are progressing well. Loose rubble has been cleared, level reduction is close to completion, and underpinning is complete.
Masonry works to the north elevation are almost complete, and pointing works across the building have advanced well.
Concrete render has been removed from the south range, prior to replacement in lime
Window works to the north range have been completed, and the joiners have now moved on to progress the windows on the south elevation.
Internally, the removal of existing mechanical & electrical systems is close to completion.
A significant quantity of the demolition and alterations works have also been completed.
Unexpected brick features have been discovered in the area of the old conservatory. Initial thoughts of the archaeologist are these are the remains of a water feature.