Did we ever tell you about the time we worked at a UNESCO World Heritage site?
“The Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church lie next to the River Thames in the heart of London. With their intricate silhouettes, they have symbolised monarchy, religion and power since Edward the Confessor built his palace and church on Thorney Island in the 11th century AD. Changing through the centuries together, they represent the journey from a feudal society to a modern democracy and show the intertwined history of church, monarchy and state.
(…) with the Abbey being the place where monarchs are crowned, married and buried. It is also a focus for national memorials of those who have served their country, whether prominent individuals or representatives, such as the tomb of the Unknown Warrior. The Abbey, a place of worship for over 1000 years, maintains the daily cycle of worship as well as being the church where major national celebrations and cultural events are held. The Palace of Westminster continues to be the seat of Parliament.” From UNESCO’s website on Westminster Abbey
Our work at Westminster Abbey is something we take great pride in, not only for our team being part of a high quality and high responsibility job, under William Anelay and to the specifications and standards produced by the Queen’s Architect, but also for the challenges it presented!
Matching a new, clean feel and look with the Abbey’s Gothic architecture was not an easy feat technically speaking. Matching rough, irregular surfaces with the straight and flat lines we usually associate with tiles is a challenge that only highly skilled tilers could take on and succeed!
And successful we were, receiving high praise from William Anelay’s Project Manager, Gary Wilson. It is our mission to take on meaningful jobs such as this one, that give us a sense of fulfilment for contributing to the longevity of our cultural heritage!