After years of developing and discarding options, a coherent and workable master plan has been developed and approved and a skilled design team has been assembled to take this work forward.
The team consists of not only architects, engineers and surveyors, but also such disciplines as bat and bird specialists, unexploded ordnance experts and archaeological advisers. The team has worked closely with the committees and operational departments of the Inn to tailor the designs to their functional requirements, optimised to work within the inevitable constraints. Each group has had their part to play in this unique programme. As phase one of these works, the Old Hall has been through alterations and upgrades to provide a new commercial kitchen, new serveries, a new floor and underfloor heating, a replacement goods lift serving the new kitchen, and a new platform lift providing wheelchair access to the Crypt for the first time - see photos here The current programme assumes that the new Education and Library facilities will be opened for use in early 2018. Many parts of the Great Hall will be improved by the installation of new kitchens, lighting, underfloor heating and lifts, which will make a larger portion of the building accessible than ever before. The Library, in particular, will have improved direct disabled access to books, increasing from thirty to eighty per cent of stock as a result.