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0299 - The Kings School, Ely


Creating a new Arts Department, Dance Studio and Theatre extension, the project involved the construction of four new buildings within an existing predominantly mediaeval context. The scheme, which was delivered by HTS and ORMS for a private school near Cambridge, consists of an art department, dance studio, theatre extension & drama space.

The site presented several challenges, overlying an area of special archaeological interest, very poor ground conditions, adjacent substantial protected trees and a Grade I Listed wall. The scheme was detailed to a high level with many elements of exposed structure including the stressed skin birch ply and douglas fir roof structure. Slimdeck-ribbed first floor slabs were used compositely with asymmetric beam sections to create column free space.

The regular structure of the timber roof gives order to the interior spaces. Steel is used to make the structure more elegant and it enables a continuous eaves level window overlooking the Bishop’s Palace garden.

Client: The Kings SchoolArchitect: ORMS

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Mark Tillett