Contractor appointed for King Richard III works

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Huntingdon-based firm FWA Conservation as main contractor for the works to prepare the Cathedral for the reinterment of the mortal remains of King Richard III next spring.

Work is due to begin in the Cathedral at the beginning of August and continue until late January to reorder the east end of the Cathedral to create a special place of honour for the King’s tomb.  The work will not include the tomb itself, which will be managed by a separate contract.

The Cathedral will remain open throughout the works, but the east end will be sealed off by means of a special partitioning, enabling works to be carried out securely and with the minimum of disruption to the ongoing prayer and life of the Cathedral.

FWA have considerable experience in this specialist area of conservation, having worked on Historic Royal Palaces, Ely Cathedral, Birmingham Cathedral, Chatsworth House and Audley End House.  ‘To be working at Leicester Cathedral and fully appreciating its fabric and those who worked on it in the past is as poignant as being part of its future, particularly with the unique events surrounding the internment of Richard III,’ commented Matt Webster, Conservation Director of FWA.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester said: ‘This month we have completed the Gardens outside the Cathedral.  Now work can begin in earnest to prepare the interior of this special place to provide the permanent resting place of Britain’s last Plantagenet King.  We’re delighted to be working with a firm of the experience and calibre of FWA to make that happen.’