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King’s Ely
Old Bishop’s Palace


GSSArchitecture were appointed as Architects to design the conversion, alterations and extension of the Old Bishop’s Palace, which is Grade I Listed and which dates back to the 15th century, with significant extensions in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Most recently used as a hospital, the initial phase of work consisted of repairs to the external fabric.

The second phase consisted of stripping out the medical equipment and conversion of the historic parts to a Sixth Form Centre, central administration and accommodation for Choral Scholars. The later single storey part of the building has been converted to a new girls’ boarding house.

The works included removing modern wall finishes to reveal 15th century walls and improving fire alarm systems, enabling previously derelict parts of the building to be brought back into use. The works were phased to enable early handover of the administration and Sixth Form areas, with the boarding areas available for the new school year.


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