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Iona Abbey

    Winner of the Public Vote

    The refurbishment of the Iona Community’s residential accommodation at Iona Abbey has been shortlisted in the built heritage category. Iona Abbey is A-Listed and also a Scheduled Monument. The project was undertaken by Wham Architecture. The two phase project involved the upgrading of the internal linings, bedrooms, common areas and services including the installation of a new accessible entrance and platform lift to allow wheelchair access. The abbey is owned by the Iona Cathedral Trustees who have leased the building to Historic Environment Scotland (HES). The Iona Community are sub tenants of HES who have provided support and assistance throughout the project.

    The best way to safeguard the future of a heritage asset is to ensure that it remains in continuing use. Ideally that use should reflect the original use of the building and this project satisfies both of these aims. Accessibility is another core principle when working with buildings of this nature, and the project was designed to increase the number of people who can experience the building. Sympathetic adaptations were made to maximise the accessibility of the building for wheelchair uses as well as for those with visual and audio impairments.

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