MKM helps with Fountains Abbey makeover

Published:  19 December, 2017

One of Yorkshire’s most beloved heritage sites has received a makeover with the help of MKM's Ripon branch.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Studley Royal & Fountains Abbey has benefitted from the installation of approximately 500 square metres of re-laid pathway within the abbey’s cloister complex, making leisurely strolls through the historic ruins a pleasure rather than a ‘puddle-jumping’ exercise.

After a year of research, the Trust, in conjunction with Marshall & MKM, agreed on the installation of the SUD’s compliant Tegula Priora, providing a drainage-friendly, aesthetic solution. Matching the abbey’s many and varied colours was another specific requirement, as well as echoing the shapes of the original medieval floor tiles.

Tim Lyman, Landscaping Specialist of MKM Building Supplies’ branch in Ripon handled the project’s product specification requirements, which as a cherished National Trust site, were critical. It is believed that the work carried out at Fountains Abbey can serve as a model for similar jobs at other heritage sites.

Michael Ridsdale, Head of Landscape at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, said: “We want to thank everyone involved in helping us create a sustainable contemporary solution for our visitors. Working closely with business partners and stakeholders is key when delivering a successful project, especially on such a sensitive site. Bringing together the industry and our curators enabled us to deliver what we believe is major step forward in the conservation and presentation of historical sites.”

Tim Lyman, Landscaping specialist at MKM, said: “As someone who has been enjoying everything Fountains Abbey has to offer for the past 20 years, I jumped at the chance to work on such a prestigious project. It has been a rewarding challenge, and as I hope everyone agrees, the end result is a huge improvement; meeting the very strict product specification requirements of the Abbey, delivering a crucial upgrade to the pathways whilst respecting the heritage of the site will benefit the thousands of visitors the abbey receives every year.”

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