Like a phoenix gradually rising from the ashes, the crowning glory of the fire ravaged Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds has been restored.
The cupola, which was reconstructed with the help of the Bury Free Press, was lifted 20m into the sky by crane and placed on the roof of the iconic Grade I-listed building on Sunday.
A massive reconstruction is underway after a blaze ripped through the 17th century Cupola House, in The Traverse, three years ago when it was occupied by the Strada restaurant.
The cupola is a major milestone in the building’s journey to completion and its reconstruction was overseen by contractors Seamans Building and architects Purcell, who were aided by pictures provided by the Bury Free Press.
Simon Marks, associate at Purcell, said: “We’re very pleased to see the cupola safely lifted into place and look forward to the continuation of this project moving forward.
“We would like to thank Seamans Building for the high quality reconstruction of the cupola and for all of the work put in to enable the lift of the cupola into its permanent position. It’s very satisfying to see the most defining feature of this landmark back where it belongs.”
A few final touches to the cupola including cladding, windows and door will be added at a later date.
The roof of Cupola House is due to be built around the feature after it was secured to the building’s new steel frame and temporary bracing framework.
Ben Whatling, contracts manager at Seamans Building, said: “The installation of the cupola is a critical element in the reconstruction of the building.
“A lot of planning and preparation, both in logistics and design of the cupola, has been required and we thank all of those individuals and companies involved in what has been a good team effort to achieve a successful installation and ensuring minimal disruption to businesses and the town.”
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, added: “Restoring this iconic landmark to the town’s skyline is so welcomed and is returning a beloved building to the community.
“I share the delight of businesses and residents alike and congratulate all concerned on the excellent progress being made on this complex project.”
The project is expected to be completed this summer.