Bretton Hall is a Grade II* listed mansion house, that sits within the grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) and Bretton Country Park near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. The original mansion, which is a centre-piece of a collection of heritage assets, was built nearly 300 years ago and has been subject to a variety of additions and alterations by a number of noted architects. It was home to the Bretton Hall College, a renowned training college which ran innovative courses in design, music, the visual and performing arts, and in more recent years, was used by the University of Leeds as a rural campus for the Performing Arts.
Seven is appointed to provide historical buildings expertise, architectural services and conservation planning for the redevelopment of the historic mansion house and associated buildings. 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. Throughout the design development, Seven has worked closely with Wakefield Council Planning and Conservation Officers and Historic England to ensure that the development respects heritage requirements and enhances the understanding of these important assets. As such, the redevelopment of Bretton Hall will build on the creative legacy of the site so as to deliver a sustainable and unique development integrating hotel and hospitality uses as part of a collective and revitalised campus, fusing heritage, art, culture, nature and education.