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Blackburn Wing, Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham, Wetherby

Evokes the feeling of flying

Credit: Harris Partnership

The Harris Partnership for Bayford Properties

Contract value: £975,000

GIA: 167m2

Client of the year: The Bayford Group

This is a tour de force, a piece of bravado worthy of its inspiration, its location, and the passion of its client. While equally bold in both conception and final form, its aptness to its siting within both an historic environment and among precious trees is admirably – even surprisingly – sympathetic.

  • Credit: Jamie Curtis
  • Credit: Tim Hardy Photography
  • Credit: Tim Hardy Photography

Few conference and events centres, as this is, are so dramatic as this timber-framed copper-clad fuselage floating among the trees of this country estate. While boldness can lead to crudeness, the execution of the building’s structure that delicately extends down to the woodland floor, and the envelope that neatly wraps even the underside of the structure to conceal all servicing requirements, achieves a refined calm. The external terrace, suspended high in the trees, evokes the feeling of flying.

Internally the chutzpah continues unbridled by its setting, clearly making characterful entertaining spaces. This one-off project is a testament to bold vision aligned with dedication to highest quality in delivery.

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