Westminster Abbey awaits public approval for a crown shaped roof


In June 2013, the Queen will celebrate her coronation’s golden jubilee amid great fanfare and merriment. And if all goes well, Westminster Abbey will also sport a brand new look like part of the celebrations. There are plans to build a magnificent £10m ($16.6 million) corona – a crown-shaped roof – over the lantern that lights the heart of the church. The Queen and Prince Charles are aware of these renovation plans, but the dean, the Very Rev John Hall, said the project would only go ahead if it won public approval. If approved, this new roof would redefine Britain’s skyline and end the 1000 year long puzzlement of architects over finishing the roof. The plans would also allow visitors for the first time into the triforium, a spectacular if dusty secret world 70ft above the nave, with a view described by John Betjeman as “the best in the world.” There are also plans to shift the old museum’s contents into the new attic and convert the old museum into a visitor center. The new renovations would also include the first-ever education center in Dean’s Yard beside the choir school and a café.

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The Abbey is displaying these proposed plans at Chapter House until September. Guess it’s up to the public to decide whether they are ready to let this landmark church undergo a drastic change finally.
[Guardian]