About This Project

Old school Court is situated in the historic part of King’s Lynn, Norfolk. The building itself was the former West Norfolk & King’s Lynn High School for Girls, open between 1902 and closing in 1979. With all its historic interest and special architecture, it is classed as a listed building.

Peniston have been involved from day one. Working closely with our client and the BCKLWN Conservation Officers, using our skilled team of tradesmen we refurbished this beautiful historic flat without compromising its historic values. From the planning stage, right through to completion we liaised with our client, giving them peace of mind throughout.

In the initial stage we had to completely strip out the existing kitchen, bathroom and all floor coverings, followed by various external works which included lowering of ground levels and installation of air bricks.

A planned approach had to allow for regular liaising and meetings with the local conservation officer. Given the architectural sensitivity of the building itself it was critical work was carried out to a strict specification.

Internally, our skilled team refurbished the original sash windows and entrance doors, and installed internal wooden shutters to the bathroom and bedroom. We supplied and installed a new kitchen, complete with integrated appliances and all associated plumbing. We also supplied and installed a new bathroom, again with all associated plumbing undertaken. Using our sister company Peniston Carpet & Flooring Ltd, we supplied and fitted new flooring to the kitchen, bathroom, 2 x bedrooms, entrance hall, inner lobby, lounge and front vestibule. As a feature to the inner lobby we managed to maintain the original close planked floorboards and restored them back to their original finish.

Through our experience of working on historic buildings, we know however much you try and save all the historic features and materials, sadly sometimes, for structural reasons, it can’t be done. After a visit from the local conservation office we were unable to save the original timber floor joists of the lounge. On this occasion the dry-rot had taken hold and affected the complete floor joists. To overcome this, we uplifted the damaged joists, reclaimed the joist supporting wall bricks and rebuilt with lime mortar. We then supplied and replaced with new air dried oak beams and wall plates, whilst also reinstating the air bricks. Despite the set-back, we quickly resolved the problem, and hopefully the new oak beams will last another 100 years!

Our team of skilled painter and decorators then decorated all the internal rooms, walls, ceilings and wood work, including decoration of five external windows and two doors.

Lastly, our team serviced the central heating system, flushing through the boiler and adding inhibitor ensuring the central heating system was in good working order.

Our project handover was greeted with overwhelmed joy from our client. It’s great to be able to turn peoples’ dreams into reality, and for such a lovely client. We really wish her all the best in her new home.

Before and during

We’ve included some historical images for interest. This really is a building with a story or two to tell!

Our work