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Hexham Abbey

Structural Engineering
  • LocationHexham, Northumberland
  • ListingGrade II Listed
  • Value£2.2m
  • ClientHexham Abbey Parochial Church Council
  • ArchitectPurcell

Providing civil and structural engineering services, Patrick Parsons worked on the £2.2m Heritage Lottery Fund project which saw public access restored to the Abbey’s historic cluster of buildings.

After over six years of planning, the aim of the project was to reunite the Abbey with the adjoining Carnaby and Court buildings, which were lost during the ravages of the reformation almost 500 years ago.

New visitor spaces were created within the Grade II listed buildings providing exhibition, museum, education and community facilities.

Patrick Parsons provided extensive engineering services and conservation expertise, including advising on alteration works, repairs to the roofs due to long-term rainwater ingress and providing structural advice on the demolition of internal walls.

The team worked closely with architects on the creation of several new-build elements to the project, designed to give the visitor centre a light, spacious and inviting aesthetic. These included an enclosed timber and glazed porch and a glazed courtyard area with a dramatic glulam (laminated timber) staircase.

Patrick Parsons continue to be involved in the ongoing restoration of the Abbey and have recently undertaken structural inspections of the priory buildings.