Bishop’s Palace, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Building Services Design were appointed to provide the detailed mechanical and electrical design strategy for the conversion, alteration, and extension of the Old Bishop’s Palace.

The building is Grade 1 listed status and dates back to the 15 century with significant extensions completed in the 17th and 18th centuries. There were a number of recent modern additions that had to be sensitively removed in order to restore the buildings 15th century features.

During the alteration work BSD made sure provisions were in place, for the patrons, so that the contemporary learning environment could still carry on despite the modifications.

The first phase of the project concentrated on repairs to the external fabric which had very limited M&E involvement.

The second phase involved the removal of the existing M&E services followed by the all of the modern wall finishes to reveal the original 15th century walls. This was followed by the conversion of the historic areas of the building to a Sixth Form Centre.

This included display and exhibition spaces, central administration and accommodation for the choral scholars. New mechanical and electrical services were provided throughout to modern standards and compliance, but sympathetic to the building fabric and style.

The school now boasts a contemporary teaching environment within a beautiful historic building.