23 Jun 16
Hinkley Point C

Historic restoration project completed in Suffolk

A Suffolk woman has returned to the house where she was born over 70 years earlier to see it fully restored following a fire.

Upper Abbey Farmhouse, which is on EDF Energy’s land in Leiston, was damaged by fire in 2009 which destroyed the roof and much of the interior.

To mark the completion of the restoration project EDF Energy and its contractor Morgan Sindall welcomed Sheila Gedny, who was born in the house, her husband Dougie and their daughter Linda for a VIP tour along with other local guests with a connection to the building.   

It was a trip down memory lane for the Gedny’s who had not stepped foot in the house for many years.  Sheila’s father Herbert Smith worked on the farm estate, which was managed by the Rope family, and her grandfather Lacey Smith was the farm foreman and mechanic.   

Mrs Gedny officially opened the building alongside Paul Morton, EDF Energy’s Sizewell B Station Director.

Paul Morton said: “It was a pleasure to meet the Gedny family and to officially mark the completion of restoration work on Upper Abbey Farmhouse. We have worked closely with our contractors to ensure this historic building was restored to its former glory.”

EDF Energy employed a team of specialists to undertake the restoration work on the listed building once the history of the house had been researched by an architectural historian from Cambridge University. 

EDF Energy enlisted the expertise of Sweett Group in Cambridge to manage the restoration project. Brooks Architects in Leiston completed the designs and Morgan Sindall in Ipswich were the specialist contractors.

Michael Paternoster, Senior Site Manager for Morgan Sindall said: “Our team is delighted to have played a part in the delivery of this complex restoration project which has drawn upon and showcased the work of many talented craftspeople across Suffolk and Norfolk.”



EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to over 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 14,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/