The aim of the project was to provide improved visitor and staff facilities, and an upgraded museum building to meet modern curatorial standards and encourage visitors into ticketed areas
Constraints on budget and site provided an opportunity to retain and adapt parts of the timber structure of the old visitor centre.
The most significant element of the project is the insertion of a new central hall within the existing L-shaped plan
Rievaulx Abbey now has a beautifully sculpted gateway in the form of a new visitor centre
A series of arches frames and guides visitors as they move towards the ruins of the 12th century abbey, while simple glazed gable ends minimise the physical interruptions between the visitor and the panorama of the ruins
The materials and detail demonstrate a quality of the craftmanship and convey a sense of humility and calmness as if not to disturb the monastic rituals of the abbey behind
The detailing of the internal elements enhance the quality of lights, focus and at the same time, framing and guiding the visitors to experience the natural elements of the immediate setting
RIBA Yorkshire Award Winner 2017
Wood Awards Commercial & Leisure Category Winner 2017
Provided a bespoke solution for the restaurant lighting, working closely with the architect to ensure the desired ambience was achieved
Liaised extensively with the English Heritage Security Advisor to upgrade the security systems and enable the secure display of rare artefacts
Designed new fire alarm systems, enabling the Museum to be linked to the Visitor Centre
Worked with the Curator to develop a suitable climate control system for the artefact display case
Involved the English Heritage M&E Engineer in all design developments, ensuring that the building services met the required engineering standards in a building which required all services to be hidden
Designed a bespoke ventilation system for the commercial kitchen with enhanced filtration and sound attenuation.
Upgraded commercial kitchen and restaurant enabled the Visitor Centre to increase covers
Improved heating and ventilation systems allowed the building to be open to the public year-round
Climate control and enhanced security to the Museum meant that rare artefacts can be displayed
Discreet building services design allows for uninterrupted views to the Abbey
A larger shop with bespoke display cabinets and lighting provides greater retail opportunities.