Wraps start to come off Bury’s Cupola House

The cupola that give the landmark its name is once again back on the Bury skyline  after four years of reconstruction work ANL-160524-154045009
The cupola that give the landmark its name is once again back on the Bury skyline after four years of reconstruction work ANL-160524-154045009
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The first scaffolding is coming off the fire-damaged Cupola House after four years of reconstruction work.

But the consultants behind it say scaffolding on The Traverse frontage will remain on the Bury St Edmunds landmark for some time.

How Cupola House looked the day after the fire. ENGANL00120120619131501

How Cupola House looked the day after the fire. ENGANL00120120619131501

Simon Marks, an associate with the architects Purcell, said on Friday: “The scaffolding has started to come down on the Skinner Street side as the exterior decoration works are completed.

“The removal of the scaffolding to The Traverse will be one of the last tasks. This facade, with its intricate cornice, balcony brackets and mouldings, is finished in traditional lime render which sets very slowly and is, therefore, the last external area to be decorated.”

Mr Marks said the cupola has been topped with the original globe and candlestick rod of the weather vane, salvaged from the fire. The Bury Free Press supplied archive photographs to help with the vane’s restoration.

Inside, most of the timber panelling has been installed and salvaged pieces of panels and architrave have been incorporated. Salvaged staircase elements have been reinstated with the new oak one, which will be among the last things to be installed.

All that remained of the cupola after the fire

All that remained of the cupola after the fire

Ourburystedmunds chief executive Mark Cordell said: “They still can’t give us a date as far as the scaffolding on the front to come down. As long as the scaffolding on The Traverse remains, it obstructs the view through there.”

He said this meant visitor did not realise they could walk through. He said the fire had contributed to the closure of eight businesses, though The Traverse is again full, apart from Cupola House.

“I like to think there’s light at the end of the tunnel this year, but there have been so many delays,” he said.