Childs Sulzmann Architects were appointed to expand and reconfigure the historic Bristol Cathedral Choir School, which lies within the precinct of Bristol Cathedral and is thought to date back to the 1100s.

The proposal was to extend the school with a new classroom for each school year group and includes a new extension to the Palliser Martin building to replace the existing 1970s buildings with a more sympathetic structure. This new element harmonises with the historic surroundings whilst adding contemporary features. A new mansard extension to the Trinity Building has been introduced along with a new external social space and a number of smaller interventions to improve spaces within the existing school. Seven new classrooms have been created, two of which have been added by reconfiguring existing space.

‘It was a privilege to work on this wonderful iconic school’ commented Matt Parsons, Design Director, Childs Sulzmann. ‘We have extensive experience of working within the setting of historic buildings and understand the sensitive treatments such interventions require.’