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Dulverton House

Gloucester, Gloucestershire


King’s School, Gloucester


Gloucester, Gloucestershire


£2 million

Working with King’s School, we transformed the Grade II* listed Dulverton House into a beautiful learning and social space.

The challenge

Dulverton House is a 13th century, historic building that required preservation while being adapted for the 21st century. We wanted to protect original period features but develop the building to create bigger, brighter and more modern spaces to support students in their learning.

King’s School is a leading independent day school whose approach to teaching and learning emphasises collaboration, support and challenge. They aim to educate the whole person, beyond academic achievement. Therefore, it was important that our design was flexible and suited to both learning and socialising to support the school in their outlook.

Our approach

From the outset, we worked with specialists from a range of disciplines, including archaeologists, conservators, lime plasterers and leadworkers. Through collaboration, a number of the building’s original stone walls, ornate timber structures and supports were painstakingly restored.

The building was beautifully finished by our dedicated interior design team who utilised local artists to create exclusive artwork throughout the building, together with a selection of bespoke joinery.

“We think you will agree that we have created a sixth form centre – blending history with modernity – which is truly like no other.”

David Morton, Headmaster, King's School

The results

The modern design of the new sixth form centre is sympathetic to its history and incorporates many of the building’s original features. The ground floor now houses a large common room with flexible furniture arrangements as well as a separate café. The learning areas are all on the first floor, with a new lecture theatre, five classrooms and two breakout rooms. Designed to reflect modern workspaces, all the classrooms have interactive screens and modular desks, so the seating layout can be rearranged for different lessons.