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Redevelopment of the Grade II* Bretton Hall Estate

Client
Rushbond Plc
Heritage

Set within the parkland setting of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the redevelopment provides a high quality hotel, event and conference venue and a backdrop for the extensive YSP archive collection. The original mansion was built in 1720 and the building has been subject to a variety of additions and alterations since its initial construction by a number of noted architects. In more recent years, the site was used by Leeds University as a rural campus for the Performing Arts with the latest addition to the site being a new Theatre building constructed in 2005.

Seven was appointed to provide historical buildings expertise, architectural services and conservation planning for the completion of the Phase 1 works, involving the demolition of later addition buildings and the redevelopment of the historic mansion house and associated buildings to provide a 105 bedroom hotel and conferencing facility. The sequential development of the site has created a rich mixture of architectural styles both internally and externally. Key to the success of the proposals is understanding the development of the building over time, assessing the significance of each element and the ability to develop proposals that respond to the client’s commercial requirements, whilst being sensitive to the significance of the historical fabric.

The proposed development will allow this important heritage asset to be available to the public for the first time and will enable the interpretation of its phased development to be enjoyed by all. The use of art and sculpture through the development will also provide opportunity for enhancing the interpretation of the site’s history. Throughout the design development, seven worked closely with Wakefield Council Planning and Conservation Officers and Historic England to ensure that the development is in accordance with the Local Authority aspirations and Historic England’s requirements.