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Durham Cathedral's Great Kitchen
Durham Cathedral and Castle are among the greatest monuments of the Norman Conquest of Britain, and Durham Cathedral, built between 1093 and 1133, is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Europe.
Durham Cathedral’s fourteenth century priory kitchen is one of only two intact surviving monastic kitchens in the UK, with a distinctive octagonal rib-vaulted ceiling.
The Great Kitchen has recently been turned into an exhibition space.
We were enlisted to design, manufacture and install a continuous, octagonal, 34 metre run of floor ventilation grilles around the perimeter of the great kitchen. A total of 26 No. individual floor grilles were required, each with their own individual frame.
All sharp edges were sanded by hand before being finished with our own special treatment to retain the natural iron patina and improve the aesthetic appeal and durability of the finished grilles. A paint system would have been worn away by foot traffic.
- Employer: Simpson (York) Ltd
- Conservation Architects: N/A
- Project surveyors/Contract adminstrators: N/A
- Architect: Purcell Ltd
- Main Contractor: Simpson (York) Ltd