Specialist Projects

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Main Contractor:

F A Valiant & Son


Freeland Rees Roberts Architects


Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Scope of Works

The fan-vaulted ceiling was created using a point cloud survey, new laser technology which enables designers to accurately map the existing structure. High definition surveying equipment set immediately below the tower was able to accurately measure 29 million points within the ceiling space. The material used for this prestigous project had to be both hardwearing and durable; for these reasons we opted to use solid FSC European Oak. Throughout the construction of the ceiling we used a laminating process, which minimised waste and increased the strength of the timber.

Project Overview

TMJ were initially given two drawings from the architect; an outline concept and a proposed colour scheme for a fan-vaulted ceiling to become the ‘Crowing Glory’ of the Millenium Tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Due to the sheer size and complexity of this project, the ceiling has been designed in over 2500 components. The design incorporated specialist stainless steel fixings and comb joints, which will increase the longevity of the ceiling.

Once the ceiling was assembled at the TMJ works it was then dismantled, primed and delivered to the Cathedral where it was installed and recieved its final specialist paint and gild finish.

I proposed that we should entrust this high quality, rare and prestigous project with TMJ and we have never for a moment regretted that decision.

Horry Parsons - St Edmundsbury Cathedral