First glimpse of Bury St Edmunds building’s reconstructed cupola

The almost complete Cupola House cupola ANL-150429-152943001
The almost complete Cupola House cupola ANL-150429-152943001
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This is to be the crowning glory of an iconic Bury St Edmunds building, reconstructed after it was ravaged by fire.

Cupola House, in The Traverse, was occupied by Strada when a blaze ripped through the 17th century building three years ago, destroying much of its interior and the monument on top.

The almost complete Cupola House cupola ANL-150429-152930001

The almost complete Cupola House cupola ANL-150429-152930001

Now, with help from the Bury Free Press, a team of talented builders and architects is reconstructing the cupola and its weathervane.

Bury historian Martyn Taylor said of the pictures: “The workmanship to create this is amazing.

“The thin dark brown line on the upper section is all that remained of the original which obviously was very important in the re-creation of the new.”

Overseen by Bury-based contractors Seamans Building and architects Purcell, 
the reconstruction of the cupola was aided by pictures provided by the Bury Free Press.

Strada fire.    Gone - the observatory had just fallen. ENGANL00120120619153921

Strada fire. Gone - the observatory had just fallen. ENGANL00120120619153921

Simon Marks, project architect, said: “We were able to view pictures, information and images of the building before and immediately after the fire from many sources.

“All have been helpful to us in the reconstruction as they have enabled us to build up a detailed understanding of the building as it was.”

These photographs show the skeleton of the decorative piece during fabrication, with the final cladding still to be added.

It is hoped the new cupola will be lifted into place by crane on May 17, although a spokesman for Seamans said a number of issues were still be co-ordinated.

The Grade I-listed building, owned by OMC Investments, was opened for a first peek at the restoration work in December last year.

The project is 
expected to be completed in the summer.