Residence for the Archbishop
Residence of the Archbishop, The Old Palace has recently been refurbished. Yates Associates partnered consultants BJP to undertake both partial design and installation control. The architects were Purcell Miller Tritton LLP under the direction of Richard George, Canterbury office.
Due to serious asbestos contamination of the old plasterwork rendering it became necessary for specialist to strip out almost 90% of the building fabric over phased areas, This made the project very difficult to deal with but essentially all of the heating and lighting was replaced. New incoming mains for both water and gas were installed and the electrical main re-positionad, all of which was carefully monitored by the archaeological team. Inside the historic building, all of the boilers, pipework and cables were replaced, which had to be concealed by installing in floor ducts or panels. Certain radiators were re-specified, and the remaining existing sandblasted and flushed out before replacement.
Similar to the heating, certain lights were retained and others re-specified which generally comprised a wooden ceiling patress, gold flex and brass lampholder.
Being able to work in a historic building alongside the Cathedral made this project very special, and one could see this in the quality of the final installation of all trades, which unfortunately came in over budget at £2.5 M because of the asbestos removal.