The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton

From dereliction to one of the finest wedding venues in the country

Previously derelict, now an impressive wedding venue. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Gillian Haves
Previously derelict, now an impressive wedding venue. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Gillian Haves

Yorkshire RIBA Regional Award 2019

Pearce Bottomley Architects for Bolton Abbey Estate
Contract value: Undisclosed
GIA: 788m2

The Great Barn sits above the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey in the North Yorkshire National Park.  Pearce Bottomley’s sensitive refurbishment has given the 16th century grade II* listed tithe barn a new lease of life. It had been derelict: now it is one of the finest wedding venues in the country. The architect celebrates the scale and simplicity of the original building with its 12 massive oak ‘A’ frames which are fully exposed. Twentieth century additions that had cluttered the interior have been swept away and sympathetic new insertions carefully designed to minimise their impact on the space.

Regional Conservation Award

  • Modern additions skilfully inserted. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Nigel Clarke
    Modern additions skilfully inserted. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Nigel Clarke
  • More tables than tithes. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Thomas Robbins
    More tables than tithes. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Thomas Robbins
  • The chaste original form of the barn is restored. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Thomas Robbins.
    The chaste original form of the barn is restored. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Thomas Robbins.
  • Oaks as structural trees march down the space. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Thomas Robbins
    Oaks as structural trees march down the space. The Great Barn, Bolton Abbey, Skipton. Pearce Bottomley Architects, RIBA regional award and regional conservation award 2019. Credit Thomas Robbins
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