Norwich School is a co-educational, independent day school for pupils aged four to eighteen. Set on the water meadows below the Cathedral Close, the lower school was devastated by fire in 1999. Purcell conducted a major reconstruction programme to remodel the entire interior and extend the school to provide additional classrooms.

A new multipurpose sports hall was created with four badminton courts, a two-lane cricket gallery, a multi-gym, changing rooms, office accommodation and storage facilities. Disabled access was provided throughout the building. The new steel frame and brick building was constructed on the site of the former Greyfriars Abbey, which involved a full archaeological excavation before works. A new cricket pavilion adjacent to the Lower School also required protracted negotiations with the Local Authority, who were initially opposed to any building on the site.

Lower School Cricket Hall

Throughout the work, the school continued to function in temporary buildings in the playground adjacent to the site, necessitating as little disruption as possible.