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, a Grade I Listed building dating back to the 15th century. Most recently used as a hospital, the initial phase of work consisted of repairs to the external fabric.
The second phase involved 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. Works were phased to enable early handover of the administration and Sixth Form areas, with the boarding areas available for the new school year.