PLANS to refurbish a historic building in Cirencester are underway.

A derelict cottage, which is attached to Norman Arch in Abbey Grounds Park, is undergoing a makeover. 

The Grade I listed arch was constructed in 1180, is the only surviving structure from the Augustinian Abbey of St Mary, and is thought to be the oldest building in Cirencester. 

The cottage attached was built in the 17th Century and has been vacant for the last two years.

Cirencester Town Council, which has owned the building since 1974, now wants to refurbish the derelict cottage to make it habitable again. 

The planning application for this renovation project, which was approved in November, states that the property requires an extensive list of repairs.

These includes both external work such as roof, stonework and chimney repairs and internal refurbishments.

The design statement also states that the primary aim of the project is "to protect the structure from further deterioration to facilitate a new, financially viable use that will promote its long-term survival".

The property hasn't been updated since the 1960s so the council intends to redecorate it before it is let out to new occupants.

The council is also currently looking for tenders to help carry out the refurbishments. 

Andrew Tubb, CEO of Cirencester Town Council, says the cost of the project and timeframe of its completion will depend on the contract with the chosen tenders. 

He said: "As a listed building, within the context of the Abbey Grounds being a scheduled ancient monument, we have a duty of care and responsibility for the arch and the cottage.

"Subject to the costs of the refurbishment, we intend to re-let the cottage.

"As an historic building some of the work will require specialist contractors.

"If you would like to express an interest in tendering for this project and to receive a tender pack, please email 

"The closing date for the receipt of tenders is midday on Friday, April 12. 

"In addition, the town council is currently reviewing all of its green spaces and historic assets and potential options for future access and use, we have just completed a public consultation and will publish further information at a later date."

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