A restoration project completed on time is a rare happening. Even rarer is one completed 6 months early and under budget, but that is the case with work on the 12th century Torre Abbey in Torquay, Devon.
The £4.7m project will create a gallery in the abbey's top floor and stabilize the roof and masonry using traditional materials and skills. Local official are eager to see the restoration completed. "The restoration is really important for the abbey and the local area as it will make it a top South West attraction, as well as a venue used for community and education purposes," said a spokesman for Torbay Council.