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The King’s School Ely

  • 21 May

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Outline consent for a master plan was obtained and a phased development took place over a 12-year period beginning with two new day-girl houses, one of which was accommodated within five existing Grade II Listed cottages.  These were in varying states of repair and had been constructed at different times.  Existing bricks, chimney pots, tiles and slates have been matched with secondhand materials, while the new work aims to be compatible with the old but not imitative.

The final phase, after conversions of existing 19th Century buildings and a roof addition to form careers rooms, consists of a new science laboratory on top of an existing building and new day-houses and classrooms.  A two-storey high archway signals the main gate to the complex, which is designed along a route leading through to the existing gymnasium building beyond.  Windows and stairway landings are carefully placed throughout the scheme to maximise the opportunity to perceive the nave and towers of the nearby cathedral.