Ancient Monument in Norwich

Project: Renovation of Scheduled Ancient Monument

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Services: Architectural Design, Project Management, Heritage & Conservation, Principal Designer/CDM Consultant

Sector: Heritage & Conservation, Health & Education


The building forms part of the medieval St Andrews Hall complex in Norwich and was the former dormitory for the monks. Prior to the works the building was in a dilapidated condition and had been used as gallery exhibition space. Purslows produced a scheme to convert the building for use for the photography department of a university. Externally, poor quality brick and timber glazed infill to the original cloister arches were replaced with frameless glazing and a Yorkstone and glass ramp and steps were constructed to provide disabled access into the building. Internally a new staircase and lift were installed along with office ‘pods’ a digital darkroom and photography studio. Ruins uncovered as part of the works were preserved and protected in glass boxes.

The project was shortlisted for a Norwich Society design award.