New chorister boarding house designed by Kilburn Nightingale Architects

St Albans contractor Borras Construction has begun work on a new boarding house for the choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.

Kilburn Nightingale Architects secured permission for the scheme on the site, which is split between grade I and grade II listed buildings, on behalf of St Paul’s Cathedral School.

The plans raise three floors of accommodation above the playground, with two to be used for choristers and another one for staff.

Work will also see the reconstruction of a dining hall extension, with the roof set to be used as additional play space, with the  hall connected to the main playground via a steel and timber bridge.

Borras is joined on the job by structural engineer Price & Myers, services engineer CBG Consultants and QS Peter W Gittins and Associates.

The new boarding house will replace the nave of St Augustine’s Church, linking the grade I-listed St Augustine’s Tower with the existing grade II-listed boarding house.

St Augustine’s was destroyed in the Great Fire in 1666, rebuilt to Christopher Wren’s design in 1680-96 and then bombed during World War II in 1941, leaving only the Wren tower.

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How the scheme will look when completed