North Porch

During the period 16 February and 7th March 2020 the PCC are consulting Abbey congregations and visitors to the Abbey on proposals to change the North Porch entrance to the Abbey by replacing the internal wooden porch with a glass doors structure. The ancient, distinctive external wooden doors will remain whichever scheme of development is selected.

The information flyer for the consultation gives the outline reasons for the project. It can be viewed and downloaded from this link. The project is the focus of the Friends of Tewkesbury Abbey 2021 Appeal.

There are 3 ‘broad scheme’ ideas being presented at this stage. Each scheme has an architect’s drawing and a ‘visualisation’ giving an indication of what the entrance might look like.

ALL OF THESE DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION IN A LARGE SCALE WITHIN THE ABBEY THROUGHOUT THE CONSULTATION PERIOD. PROVISION AS PDF FILES ENABLES THE VIEWER TO ZOOM IN TO PARTICULAR FEATURES AND FOR HOME CONSIDERATION.

Option A

This would replace the wooden porch with a similar layout in glass, providing internal side and central doors in to the West End.

Architect’s drawings for Option A via this link

Visualisations for Option A via this link

Option B

This would replace the wooden porch with a more complex internal glass structure, giving the provision for both the external wooden doors to remain open at all times the Abbey is open

Architect’s drawings for Option B via this link

There are 2 visualisations for Option B

Visualisations for Option B1 via this link – this option has a flat roof to the glass

Visualisations for Option B2 via this link – this option has a domed roof to the glass

Option C

This would remove an internal structure altogether. A glass door entrance to the Abbey would be within the north porch, external to the wooden doors.

Architect’s drawings for Option C via this link

Visualisations for Option C via this link

The displays in the Abbey will be manned at 9.15am, 11.00am and 5.00pm Sunday services on 16th February, 23rd February and 1st March to provide a personal contact to answer questions on the proposal and possible schemes. Alternatively, please email Mr John Parkes Churchwarden (Fabric) on churchwarden@tewkesburyabbey.org.uk

Feedback is being sought from as many people as possible. The questions being asked are:

  1. Which is your preferred option?
  2. Why do you like it?
  3. Any comments on the general idea for this project
  4. Any comments on the specific features to be included

Feedback may be submitted via the feedback form, which may be completed and returned in the Abbey, or downloaded from this link and returned to the Abbey office, or within an email to churchwarden@tewkesburyabbey.org.uk

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