It lacks, for instance, any disabled access: disabled persons have to approach through the College’s main corridor, navigating through numerous, heavy fire doors. Having been built on a tight budget in the 1950s, the portico is utilitarian in nature, with steps made of concrete and a basic metal handrail.
Work will commence at the start of July 2015 to reconfigure the entrance area with elegant, illuminated steps, a gentle easy-access slope and an inviting seating area in a landscaped space, integrating the Chapel with the surrounding environment. We have also commissioned a bronze statue of St Edmund of Abingdon, the College’s patron saint, sitting on one of the curved, stone benches, identical with that at St Edmund’s Hall, Oxford and at our original founding parent institution, St Edmund’s College, Ware.
If you would like to make a donation, cheques should be made out to St Edmund’s College, but please specify that it is for the Chapel Fund. Alternatively, direct online payments, again specified ‘Chapel Fund’, can be made here.