Sector: Education
Service: Building Surveying

Refurbishing and modernisation of historic roofs

Bristol Cathedral Choir School is located in the heart of historic Bristol. The School was largely developed in the C16th when, after the dissolution of the monasteries, King Henry VIII made provision for the School to continue within the old monastic buildings.

The challenge

The School’s earlier buildings are now in the ownership of the Cathedral, whose built environment dates from the C12th. Worsening roof leaks affecting these buildings gave rise to a need for refurbishment and modernisation of the roofs. However, the religious, cultural and historic significance of the estate would require a considered approach to ensure the best outcome.

The solution

Hookway was appointed to secure project funding on behalf of the School, drawing together all available evidence to support the application. Following a successful bid, Hookway designed the refurbishment and renewal works, applying conservation philosophy to ensure that the significance of the buildings was protected and enhanced. Particular emphasis was given to protection of the historic fabric, selection of new materials and application of appropriate construction methods. Collaboration thereafter included full project management, including heritage & planning consultancy and contract administration, with specialist craftsmen drafted in to undertake the works. 

The result 

The project successfully delivered full and partial re-roofing of several of the School’s historic buildings. All major parts of the historic fabric were saved, including an English Oak roof, and newly-applied materials were in keeping with the original construction. Hookway continues to support the School in the care and management of its historic estate.

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Testimonial

“The new building has been open for over a year and teachers and pupils are still excited about it. It is so well designed in terms of light, space and ventilation that it is a joy to work in. The projecting roof at each end creates fantastic covered play space.”