Norwich University College of Arts – East Garth Building



The university campus in Norwich, Norfolk encompasses seven buildings in and around St George’s Street, including The East Garth Building, a 15th century venue said to be one of the oldest exhibition spaces in Europe.

The project included internal remodelling, alteration and refurbishment to transform the three-storey building into a state-of-the-art facility for photography students.


The works involved the conversion of two floors into dedicated study areas, with the third altered to form much needed storage space and a fire escape access, which required the removal of the existing fixtures and fittings and the installation of new finishes, office partitioning and services.


Key features included a new internal bespoke metal staircase, new glass cases to protect the internal ruins and planar glazing to the existing arches in the external walls. Externally a new Yorkstone ramp was provided along with glass balustrading.

The project required close liaison with English Heritage as the property is a scheduled ancient monument and Grade I listed Building.

The building is also set among the outline ruins of an old monastery, and special care had to be taken over an ancient Mulberry growing in the courtyard.

The site is also a logistical nightmare with the access road being a largely pedestrianised street with no access by heavy vehicles, and the entrance to the site via a narrow archway.

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