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Wells Cathedral School

Wells Cathedral School

Education & Public Sector

Location: Wells, Somerset
Architect: Eric Parry Architects
Client/Owner: Wells Cathedral School
Structural Engineer: Momentum Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor/Builder: Shaylor
Joinery Company/Wood Supplier: Inwood Developments
Wood Species: Siberian Larch, European Beech, European Oak

Wells Cathedral School is renowned for its music. The new Cedars Hall provides professional-standard facilities for the school and community. These include flexible spaces for rehearsal and recording, a 350-capacity recital hall, and a foyer with a bar. Within the hall, the stage, seating and acoustic wall panels can be adapted for various layouts with differing acoustic qualities suitable for a range of music styles and audience configurations. Exposed structural beams in the roof further enhance the acoustic performance of the space. Central to the scheme is the hall’s double-curved timber roof, formed of CNC-cut LVL ribs spanning in two directions. The range of panels housed within the coffered voids moderate sound as well as forming Cedars Hall’s aesthetically-dramatic centrepiece.