St Mary’s Abbey was once the richest abbey in the North of England but following its destruction during the Reformation the ruins and the abbey grounds continued to be an important part of York’s history. The ruins are now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, an iconic York landmark and the setting for many events such as the York Mystery Plays and Illuminating York.
Ferrey and Mennim were approached by York Museums Trust to assess the structure and carry out necessary repairs.
To inform these we also undertook the Conservation Management Plan involving extensive consultation to ensure a well-informed strategy was developed. These repairs were carried out to ensure public safety around the ruins, and the ongoing life of the ruins.
The St Mary’s Abbey ruins are unusually well used by residents and visitors to York so Ferrey and Mennim continue as inspecting architects to aid in their ongoing care and maintenance.