Home to the 15th Duke of Bedford, Woburn Abbey dates from 1620, and is Grade I Listed. First opened to the public in 1955, the site is now undergoing its largest transformation since then.
Working with Nick Cox Architects, CBG Consultants have developed an Estate master plan strategy. The master plan includes the construction of a new entrance building and visitor retail centre; a new restaurant, tea rooms, exhibition spaces and education facilities within the north and south courtyard buildings; and the major refurbishment and remodelling of the Abbey itself.
The current phase of works sees the renovation of the extensive public spaces within the Abbey building. These range from basement silverware and gold display vaults, to open galleries of antique furniture and priceless Canaletto paintings. The unique Grotto is included in the works, a room lined entirely in sea shells.
M&E works include the provision of new mains infrastructure around the building; new lighting and electrical wiring; installation of a lift; upgrading of fire and security systems; and major modifications to heating and ventilation systems. Elements of the master plan works are also being undertaken around the wider Estate, to support future development phases.