AES Sprinklers – Cupola House

Built in 1693 by Thomas Macro, the stately Cupola House is one of Bury St Edmunds’s most iconic buildings. It therefore came as a great blow to the town when a kitchen fire almost entirely destroyed the property in June of 2012.


It didn’t take long, however, for work to begin on restoring the Grade 1 listed building to its original glory. The task of rebuilding Cupola House was awarded to Bury-based contractors, Seamans, and following extensive consultations with statutory bodies such as English Heritage, work commenced on 13th January 2014. This began with providing heavily reinforced concrete foundations to the building’s basement, and has been followed by numerous other challenging tasks to strengthen its structure, such as erecting a steel frame (spanning four of the property’s five floors) to be sympathetic to what remained of the original oak frame, and completely dismantling an 11m chimney in order to rebuild it to a height of 22m.


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