Abbey sleep­walks to 21st cen­tury

The Oban Times - - News -

A MA­JOR re­fur­bish­ment of Iona Abbey will see the ‘me­di­ae­val’ ac­com­mo­da­tion up­dated to meet the needs of 21st cen­tury de­mands.

De­sign pa­pers are due to be lodged with Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment where it will con­sider the var­i­ous changes re­quired.

At one time known for its bunk beds and no un­mar­ried cou­ple’s pol­icy, Iona Abbey rooms are man­aged by the Chris­tian or­gan­i­sa­tion, The Iona Com­mu­nity.

For­mer Iona Com­mu­nity guests de­scribed how a dou­ble bed was once given to two bish­ops by mis­take. How­ever by giv­ing this to two men it did not con­tra­vene the un­mar­ried rules.

A pipe bed was also used where one quar­ter of the bed was given over to a heated wa­ter pipe sur­rounded by lag­ging so as not to burn the pil­grims.

How­ever, the com­pany charged with over­see­ing the pro­ject, Roots De­sign Work­shop Ar­chi­tects de­scribed the ac­com­mo­da­tion as look­ing ‘tired and show­ing signs of age’. The plans in­clude a new ac­ces­si­ble en­trance, a sculp­ture, and re­or­gan­i­sa­tion of bed­rooms and fa­cil­i­ties.

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