Infirmary rooms at Mount St Bernard Abbey complete

Several bedrooms for elderly monks at Mount St Bernard’s Abbey have been completed, and their occupants have moved in. The rooms form part of a refurbishment of the Grade II listed monastery designed by Pugin in the 19th Century. Freeland Rees Roberts were asked to adapt a part of the ground floor as an infirmary that can cater for seven patients, improving the thermal comfort of the rooms and enabling wheelchair access while remaining sympathetic to the fabric and history of the old building. The calm character of the rooms is appropriate for the atmosphere of peace and quietness that is so important to the Abbey. The project has made it possible for several monks to remain living in the Abbey, affording them the stability that is a key part of Cistercian monasticism.

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