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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

“Hookway have been fantastic for us, they have prepared all of our bids and CIF has made huge difference to our buildings over recent years. ”

“We have just had two new class rooms constructed for our school and Hookway managed the whole project, which really took the pressure off me. They were brilliant, managing the contractors and making sure that we were all kept fully informed as the project progressed, with all updates given in a timely manner.”

“After a fantastic refurbishment of our Grade II* listed building roof last year, Hookway has excellently project managed a complete transformation of our asbestos roofs.”