Outwell firm awarded �250,000 National Trust contract

A FENLAND electrical firm has been awarded a prestigious �250,000 contract by the National Trust to complete work at Suffolk’s Ickworth House.

Bloom and Wake Ltd of Outwell will work in conjunction with contractors Killby and Gayford and have already begun transforming the historic building in the hope of completing work by February 2011.

The pioneering project will see Bloom and Wake managing the removal of existing conduits and cabling before replacing them in line with the nostalgic design theme that aims to return the house to its heyday of the early 1900s.

John Wake, Bloom and Wake’s managing director, said: “This is the first time that we have undertaken work for the National Trust.

“We are delighted that our exacting professionalism and versatility have seen us entrusted with such an important and interesting heritage project.”

A National Trust spokesman said: “It will be a pleasure to work with two such esteemed companies.

“Ickworth Lives is an important and innovative project that will transform the experience of the visitors.

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“For the first time the visitor will be able to explore and actively experience what life was like for the Ickworth staff a century ago and share many of the memories about the people who lived and worked below stairs.”

Ickworth Lives is due to reopen to the public in summer 2011.