The historic Bluecoat Hospital School

Case Study

Built on the site of an old Hospital which was demolished during the English Civil War, the existing Bluecoat Hospital School was rebuilt in 1717 and became one of the first Charity schools outside of London to provide schoolrooms and dormitories to the poor children of Chester including orphans and sons of widows.
The school has undergone various stages of redevelopment with an extensive £1.3 million revamp in 2015 after which Chester Municipal Charities re-opened The Bluecoat as a centre for charities and voluntary organisations.
It was during this large scale revamp that Parry Joinery were asked to undertake various joinery work on this historic building including a large scale upgrade to the external windows and doors and some more bespoke interior joinery that is typical of many other heritage joinery projects carried out by the company in Chester, North Wales and the North West.
Parry Joinery were asked to supply and fit factory glazed windows which were made using Vac Vac treated 5th Redwood softwood with Sapele hardwood cills, glazing bars and sashes. In addition, a number of the original windows had renovation carried out on them by R.J.Parry.
A wide range of factory glazed and primed internal doors, frames and screens were also supplied. Alongside this we created a new, bespoke purpose made softwood arched door frame which was complete with a loose pinned stop to fit within the existing frame. Considerable careful planning and sympathetic craftsmanship was necessary to ensure this bespoke door was fitted without damage to the existing intact historic timber and to ensure there was no obvious difference in the age of the joinery fixtures.
Alongside the work described above we also manufactured a number of bespoke joinery items which were also manufactured for this project including interior ‘quiet booths’. These freestanding, sound insulated interview rooms were made with softwood planed stud work and MDF faces, with acoustic slab insulation between the panels. The rooms were installed with the necessary skirtings and trims, acoustic doors and seals and a double glazed roof light to aid sound proofing.
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