June 11, 2015

Four accolades in three months for Bowcliffe Hall’s Blackburn Wing

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We are in high spirits today at Bowcliffe HQ, having found out that the Blackburn Wing – our own 2,060 sq. ft treehouse conference venue shaped like an airplane wing – continues to build on its awards success after being shortlisted in the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber (CEYH) Awards 2015.

The copper and glass centrepiece of a £6m project at the Grade II-listed Bowcliffe Hall is a finalist in the Project of the Year category of the accolades run by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University.

The scheme – part of a multi-phase restoration of Bowcliffe’s nineteenth century estate where redundant space has been converted into offices – pays tribute to aviation hero Robert Blackburn who was the first Yorkshireman to design and build a powered aeroplane.

The brainchild of the Bayford Group CEO Jonathan Turner and built by Conlan Construction, the project also features a ‘Drivers Club’ restaurant for business tenants and guests which captures the golden age of aviation when the Blackburns’ played host to guests including aircraft pioneer Amy Johnson and Winston Churchill.

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Described as a ‘tour de force’ by judges, the scheme has scooped the Tourism & Leisure  award at the 2015 RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards along with two RIBA awards – and been entered for both the RICS and the RIBA national finals.

Jonathan Turner said: “The CEYH awards celebrate the best that the built environment has to offer and it’s great that the project is in such a prestigious final line up. The high profile visitors we attract span politicians and well known public figures – all of whom are bowled over. The feedback we receive daily from our tenants, visitors and those booking both corporate and private events with us – is remarkable.”

The 2015 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber awards (#CEYHawards) will take place on Friday 17th July 2015 at the National Railway Museum in York.

Find out more about the Blackburn Wing.