Abbey sleepwalks to 21st century
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.