The Blackburn Wing – the stunning copper and glass centrepiece positioned in the heart of the Bowcliffe Estate’s protected woodland, has scooped a top award at the 2015 RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards.
The 2,060 sq. ft treehouse conference venue, shaped like an airplane wing, won the Tourism & Leisure and Infrastructure category of the event – referred to as the region’s property ‘Oscars’.
Commissioned by serial entrepreneur Jonathan Turner, CEO of the Bayford Group, the Blackburn Wing, at the former ancestral home of unsung aviation pioneer Robert Blackburn, accommodates up to 140 guests. It is one of only two structures ever to have been built in an area of ancient woodland.
The scheme has automatically been entered into the national RICS Awards to be held later this year, fingers crossed for a good result!
Designed by architects The Harris Partnership, and built by Conlon Construction, the conference centre is part of a multi-phase restoration of our nineteenth century estate, including the development of the Drivers’ Club and the conversion of redundant space into offices, many with original period features.
Jonathan Turner said: “This is the third consecutive accolade the scheme has been awarded in as many weeks. It is a tremendous and fitting tribute to the design and construction teams who brought alive my vision to create a lasting legacy to an unsung hero of the golden age of aviation. The feedback we are receiving from tenants, visitors and those looking to organise events, both corporate and private, is phenomenal.”
If you haven’t yet visited the Wing, make sure you take the time to go and have a look – we’re sure you’ll get an even better understanding as to why it’s winning awards left, right and centre!
Following an extensive regeneration project 5 beautiful office suites have been created adding to the exclusive space already available.
Rosemount is a former cottage, now transformed into 1,700 sqft of open plan office space. The ground floor provides great working space flooded with natural daylight and featuring French doors leading to the courtyard garden. The second floor has 2 smaller spaces perfect for offices or as meeting rooms.
The Cricket Pavilion is exactly what it says! Built as a replica of the unused cricket pavilion, the one storey wooden structure has a pretty veranda and views over the cricket pitch. It offers 1, 200 sqft of open plan office accommodation.
The Coach House, as the name suggests originally the coach house for the Hall, sympathetically restored and extended the one storey building offers 1,100 sqft of office space. Full height windows give through to views of the gardens and the new Potting Shed. Available as a whole unit or as 2 units of 720 sqft and 480 sqft.
All are located a short walk from the Hall, but with use of all the amenities available at Bowcliffe including the exclusive Drivers’ Club dining room, reduced meeting room hire in the Hall, car valeting and on site Pilates classes.
Within the walls of the Hall the newly refurbished first floor Keeper’s Cottage offers 586 sqft of open plan office space with lots of natural daylight and views across the front lawns.
All are business ready with internet access available from us or through your own provider via fibre or ADSL. Bowcliffe’s location makes it a great place to do business with easy access from all over the UK and free on- site parking. Its position in 38 acres of landscaped grounds makes it a beautiful place to do business and the on-site facilities are unrivalled.
Contact us for more details or to arrange a show round.
The Blackburn Wing really was the only venue for the launch of Zenith’s elegant Type 20 watch designed, like the Wing itself to honour the achievements of Robert Blackburn. The 100 or so specially invited guests were treated to delicious canapés and champagne whilst a master watch maker revealed the work required to create the beautiful and delicate time pieces. Robert Blackburn’s daughter Sarah was in attendance and was thrilled with the honour the watch and the venue pay to her father.
Jonathan was also able to show Sarah the King’s Cup which was awarded by the Royal Aero Club in 1931 to E.C.T Edwards who won the cross country air race in a Blackburn Bluebird IV, flying 983 miles reaching an average speed of 117.8 miles per hour.
Bowcliffe Hall and the Blackburn Wing as featured in Future Constructor & Architect Magazine in December 2014.
Woodland wonder takes flight
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