max temp: 15°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Reconstruction work to start on historic Cupola House in The Traverse

18:08 06 January 2014

The chimney at Cupola House being taken down brick by brick after a fire destroyed the building

The chimney at Cupola House being taken down brick by brick after a fire destroyed the building

The major part of a long-awaited redevelopment of a historic town-centre building is due to get under way in less than a week.

Reconstruction work will begin at Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds on Monday, after contractors, Seamans Building, made progress with enabling works allowing the Grade I-listed building to be developed.

The 17th Century building, which housed Strada restaurant, was gutted by fire in June 2012.

The project is due to finish around February next year. Alan Jary, chairman of preservation charity The Bury Society, said: “We’re delighted it’s about to start. We want to see a very good, high-quality rebuild.

“The owners and people doing it up are in contact with local people who know of the building’s history and significance.

“They realise how the people of Bury feel about this building. It’s one of the best buildings in the town, steeped in history – there are so many records of the building.

“There is no excuse for it not to be a scholarly reconstruction. We shall be looking forward to seeing the result.”

Plans for the redevelopment of the building were drawn up by architects Purcell and approved by St Edmundsbury Borough Council in July.

The new building is designed to look much the same on the outside as the old building, but will be reinforced with a new steel frame to prevent the kind of collapse that happened during the fire.

It would mean the return of the building’s iconic cupola, the dome-like structure on its roof, from which the building took its name.

Ben Whatling, from contractors Seamans, said: “We have recently progressed some of the enabling works together with the completion of the party wall awards, and we have received confirmed instructions to progress with the reconstruction works with a scheduled commencement date of January 13.

“The reconstruction of Cupola House is considerably involved both in details and logistics, and undoubtedly issues are likely to arise.

“The anticipated project duration is for around 54 weeks.

“Efforts will be made to ensure the duration is achievable, however as previously highlighted this duration may fluctuate through variation or unavoidable delays – a risk attributable to any construction project.”


People turned out in Framlingham for its Christmas lights switch-on last year

Changes have been announced to this year’s traditional Christmas celebrations in Framlingham – but organisers say the town will still celebrate in style.

The Magic of Motown

Perhaps it was fitting that The Four Tops and The Temptations were performing at the O2 in London on the same night as the Magic of Motown at the Ipswich Regent on. It certainly seemed to notch up the nostalgia factor.

The A140 has been partially closed (stock image)

A busy road in north Suffolk has been partially closed following a car crash.

A writer of breathtaking true stories, with a gift for unearthing seldom-told tales of wartime courage, could soon be seeing another of his books played out on the big screen – little more than a year after Hollywood first came calling.

Kerron Turner

Police are appealing for help tracing a 25-year-old man with links to Suffolk after he failed to appear at court.

Oakley House

Millions of pounds are spent on flats and houses each month – and Suffolk has it’s fair share of expensive properties.

Mayor Julie Young opens the Colchester Oyster Feast at Moot Hall

Dozens of pensioners were able to attend a centuries-old civic custom in Colchester for the first time today – alongside the usual assortment of dignitaries, politicians and inspirational speakers.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24