Building work starts on fire ravaged Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds – completion put back to Winter next year

Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds, devastated by fire in June last year

Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds, devastated by fire in June last year

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The rebuilding of fire ravaged Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds is due to start after the appointment of Seamans Building contractors.

Builders have now begun preparation work and will be working closey with architects Purcell on the restoration of the historic building and its Cupola.

Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds, devastated by fire in June last year

Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds, devastated by fire in June last year

The 17th Century building was largely destroyed in a fire in June last year. It was being used as an Italian restaurant by Strada.

Councillors approved plans by Purcell and structual engineers Richard Jackson, in July this year.

Althouugh it was previously suggested the building would reopen next Spring, that has now been revised with Purcell now saying the work will be completed by the Winter next year.

Seamans Building carried out emergency work at the site in the aftermath of the fire.

Simon Marks, associate at Purcell, will oversea the project.

“We are pleased that Seamans Building has been appointed for the Cupola House rebuild. Their enthusiam for the project combined with the work they have carried out to date to save some of its unique features will help to ensure that Cupola’s historic character is recaptured.”

The Grade I listed building in The Traverse is owned by OMC Investments, while Strada is to reopen in there once the building work is complete.

Duncan Haydon, Managing Director of Seamans Building, said: “Seamans Building are delighted to be appointed for the construction phase of this landmark project and look forward to working with client, design team and local residents and businesses to deliver a successful project.“

Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cabinet member for Economic Growth said: “Cupola House is a landmark in one of Bury’s most attractive shopping streets and I am heartened by the rate of progress in returning it to glory.

“This will be helped by Seamans’ continuing involvement. They have established relationships with the Traverse traders and recognise that this is not only about the Grade I listed building, but reconstructive surgery of a vital piece of the town’s independent shopping experience. “I look forward to a swift and full recovery of both.”

The builders will be on site for a little over a year.

A Purcell spokeswoman said the on-site team will work with the council, residents and businesses to ensure that any disruption is minimised.