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Westminster Abbey Infirmary

Summary: Refurbishment and alterations to Westminster Abbey Infirmary

Location: Westminster, London

Challenge: Access to this part of Westminster Abbey is restricted

Solution: Bakers of Danbury carried out refurbishment and alterations to Westminster Abbey Infirmary providing a galleried area around the room, accessed via a new oak staircase and balustrade manufactured in Bakers specialist joinery workshop. Bakers also manufactured and installed bespoke hand-crafted fitted cupboards and kitchenette which seamlessly filled the space beneath the new gallery level. Masonry and glazing repairs were also carried out.

When working at Westminster Abbey it is important to have continuous liaison with the Clerk of Works to work together and overcome access issues and restrictions. All staff wore a security tab which gave them access to the restricted areas they needed to access. All other areas were strictly prohibited. During special events, such as when HRH Queen Elizabeth visited, the works onsite had to stop. During such times, our Site Manager had to liaise closely with the Clerk of Works and Security.

Take a look at our short film on woodcarving


Short film – Traditional wood carving

Bakers of Danbury's onsite joinery workshop carries out traditional wood carving among many other skilled joinery services. Our bench joiner and wood carver, Norman Valentine hand carved a number of crocus detail for the reordering project at St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden, Essex.

The church reordering project involved Bakers' joinery workshop manufacturing and installing an English Oak bespoke DDA and Dementia friendly wc, storage cupboards, children's library and pew storage area, for which they hand carved a crocus detail to the top of every post installed. The reordering project was very detailed and complex with many hand carved designs.

To find out about the reordering works carried out by Bakers of Danbury to St Mary the Virgin, visit the St Mary the Virgin case study and watch the video below which features our bench joiner and wood carver, Norman Valentine wood carving intricate crocus detail by hand.

Founded over 140 years ago; our skills and expertise have been handed down through generations. Today we still benefit from having highly skilled craftsmen, some of whom have worked up through our apprenticeship scheme.

Work to St Mary's Church was recently awarded the Diocese of Chelmsford, Design Award 2019 Highly Commended.