Blackfriars Priory, which dates from the early 13th Century, is considered to be the most complete surviving example of a Dominican Priory in England. Following years of under use, with only occasional public access available, FCB Studios were appointed to transform the North and East Range of Blackfriars Priory into a flexible multi-function public venue to deliver the fundamental objectives of heating, lighting and accessibility, which will allow the Priory to be used in a number of different configurations by the local community and businesses. FCB Studios sensitively and respectfully placed contemporary interventions within the Priory. This allows the modern work to be read as another layer without affecting the complex tapestry of the historic fabric.
Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester
Client: English Heritage
Construction value: £501,000
Completion: April 2011
•2011: RIBA South West Town & Country Design Awards: Conservation: Shortlisted
•2012: Gloucester Civic Awards: Best Minor Restoration or Sensitive Alteration: Winner