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William Anelay completes piazza and disabled access for York Minster

15 August 2013
The new access to York Minster in magnesian limestone with surrounding Moseldon sandstone paving.

The south transept area of York Minster has been re-opened to the public following a £2million transformation by stone and conservation specialists William Anelay to provide a piazza and disabled access to the building.

The Undercroft has also been improved, with a variety of interactive visitor attractions added to enhance the experience for the 500,000 people who visit the Minster each year.

The project was part of the £20million York Minster Revealed Project. It was complicated by torrential rain that flooded the Undercroft in November 2012 as well as the discovery of human remains and a section of Roman road.

Outside, around 1,250m2 of Moselden sandstone from Marshalls has been carefully laid by subcontractors Fisher Construction to form the newly repaved area and adjoining carriageway. Then William Anelay used magnesian limestone, of which the Minster is built, to construct the new ramped access to the south transept with seating areas incorporated into the design.


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