Torre Abbey restoration work to start in New Year
Restoration work on a historic Devon abbey dating back to 1196 is due to start in the new year.
Torre Abbey, a medieval monastery in Torquay, will undergo restoration work costing £4.7m over the next two years.
The work will include repairing and stabilising the roof and masonry and creating new learning spaces.
It is hoped the work will be completed in 2014. The abbey will close, although the gardens will remain open, while the work is carried out.
Part of the restoration costs have been covered by a £2.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay said: "The second phase of Torre Abbey is extremely exciting and will bring this beautiful building to life with state-of-the-art technology depicting local history through the ages.
"Since its foundation in 1196, Torre Abbey has witnessed, survived and even played a role in some epic moments of history."
Sue Cheriton, from Torbay Council said the restoration was a "new era" for the abbey and would put it "on the map".
Kier Western which will carry out the work will use traditional materials and skills to meet English Heritage requirements and has previously carried out work at the site during phase one of the restoration which included significant structural repairs.
The abbey comprises two Grade I and four Grade II listed buildings and historic gardens and is listed as an ancient monument.