Nicholas Pearson Associates

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Bishops Palace, Wells

Client: The Palace Trustees

Location: The Bishop's Palace, Wells

The Bishop’s Palace is a Grade I listed building, recognised as one of the most important bishop’s palaces in England. As the home to Bishops of Bath & Wells for more than 800 years, it is steeped in history, whilst its beautiful grounds are ranked amongst the most important heritage sites in the region with its medieval buildings, fine Victorian gardens and St. Andrew's Wells, which gave the city of Wells its name and identity.

Working with the Bishop, Palace Trustees, Church Commissioners, staff and other project team members, we have helped the Trustees develop a striking new vision for the Palace and its grounds. Plans include a new ‘green’ café, a community Garden and outdoor theatre, plus an activity, creativity and education centre in The Old Stable Yard. The medieval undercroft will become a focus for exploring the Palace’s history and there are also plans to provide disabled access to the Rampart Walk offering dramatic views of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and to create a new viewing point for visitors to see Wells’ famous swans. As well as landscape design, historic research and photomontages we prepared the Heritage Lottery Fund application which resulted in a successful Award towards the £4.8 million project.

The proposals will bring free public access into parts of the Palace grounds, and extend its welcome to a much wider audience through education, interpretation, community involvement, training, events and the arts.