Borras start working on a new Boarding House for St Paul’s Cathedral School

Borras is proud to be appointed main contractor for another great project in the heart of London, this time at the prestigious and well known, St Paul’s Cathedral. This groundbreaking scheme will see the construction of a new boarding house for St Paul’s Cathedral Choristers.

Borras were joined by Alderman of the City of London William Bowater Russell, who turned the first sod at our ground breaking ceremony, commemorating the works taking place at St Paul’s Cathedral School. We will be working in partnership with St Paul’s Cathedral School and Kilburn Nightingale Architects to deliver the project. Others in attendance included Neil Chippington, CSA’s Chair and Headmaster of St John’s College School, Cambridge. Neil was predecessor to St Paul’s Headmaster, Simon Larter-Evans and originated the project.

St Paul's Cathedral Boarding House
St Paul’s Cathedral Boarding House

“What started as a real need to improve accommodation for choristers has become a much bigger project. It will have a positive impact on teaching and learning across the city. Planning for the build has been meticulous, and our chosen contractor, Borras, (winner of many Considerate Contractor Awards) understands the demands and needs of schools. We are equally delighted to be working with architects Kilburn Nightingale. We look forward to transforming the School and ensuring the continuation of sung worship at St Paul’s Cathedral through the 21st century and beyond. The new boarding house will also prove an outstanding opportunity for sharing our music-making expertise with visiting choirs and we look forward to forging new partnerships further afield in years to come.”

Simon Larter-Evans, Headmaster

The Grade I/II listed site was built in the 1960’s, for just 40 children and residential staff. The School currently educates over 200 day pupils alongside the choristers and the wellbeing of all the children is compromised by the now cramped conditions. With demand for both day school places and choristership at a high, the introduction of a new boarding house will provide the adequate space needed, enabling the cathedral to maintain its exceptional choir.

St Paul's Cathedral Boarding House
St Paul’s Cathedral Boarding House

The project is part of a large scheme and will include the creation of new classroom space, refurbished residential apartments and a redesign of the main playground. The approved design features three floors of accommodation above the playground on pillars. Two floors will be allocated to the choristers with a further floor accommodating boarding staff. The existing dining hall extension will be rebuilt, the roof will also be used as valuable and additional play space, connecting to the main playground via a steel and timber bridge.

The new buildings will be predominantly clad in Portland stone, echoing the 1960’s school buildings and St Augustine’s Tower, as well as St Paul’s Cathedral itself. The project will cost a total of £7.9m, with the new boarding accommodation set to open in September 2020.

St Paul's Cathedral Boarding House
St Paul’s Cathedral Boarding House


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