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Greendale works on historic priory conservation

4 November 2020

From left: Columba Cook (architect), Greg Norman (site manager), Rob Hooker (Greendale director) and Gareth Pritchard (BCP Council)

CIOB chartered builder undertakes project to preserve walls of historic Christchurch Priory in Dorset

Work on an historic church by a CIOB Chartered Builder was nearing completion as Construction Manager went to press.

In July Greendale Construction’ssmall works division was awarded the contract to repair, rebuild, stabilise and refurbish a number of walls around the historic Christchurch Priory, with work due to complete by the end of October. 

Dating back to 1094, the Dorset priory was first constructed as a Norman church on the site of an old Saxon priory. The stone and brick walls cover a wide area around the priory and quay, and the contract included rebuilding works adjacent to the mill stream. 

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council worked with architect Columba Cook and the council’s senior conservation officer to ensure all works were carried out within ancient monument guidelines. 

Greendale removed vegetation and tree growth, and dismantled cappings for a careful rebuild using like-for-like materials. Shoring and underpinning was used when necessary.

Greendale director Rob Hooker said: “We are very pleased to be the main contractor on this wonderful historic project in a beautiful location. The works will save these walls for future generations to enjoy, and we look forward to working with the team to achieve a successful handover at the end of October.”