Cedars Hall, Wells

Cedars Hall is a state-of-the-art performance, teaching and learning centre built within the ancient footprint of Wells Cathedral School. The local community was fully engaged in the planning process and Wells Civic Society were among a number of groups invited to comment on the designs as they developed. This process has succeeded in creating a bold and modern complex of glass and weathered corten steel, complementing its prestigious historic setting.

Cedars Hall is a bold and modern new building that visually enhances the ‘picture postcard’ Wells Conservation Area. Rather than follow traditional architectural form, Cedars Hall looks ahead in its design, materials and concept. It poses a striking image alongside the Cathedral and the main school building, but crucially, does not overshadow or detract from either. Described by Wells Civic Society as a ‘21st century contribution to the nationally important heritage of Wells’.

The judges said:

Nominated by Wells Civic Society, Cedars Hall has succeeded in being a visually dominant building, without detracting from its historic setting. The choice of materials, the scale of the building relative to its context and its classical proportions and position adds significantly to the quality of Wells’ built environment.