Blencow Hall, Cumbria

Saved by our clients from the Buildings at Risk register, Grade I listed Blencow Hall incorporated two ruined late-16th century fortified towers.  Local architects had been working to convert the Hall for holiday accommodation and we were appointed as conservation architect.  We saw the South Tower’s “slight” as an opportunity to create a striking intervention, whilst enhancing the extant fabric and bringing the towers back to life.  The towers were consolidated and crenellations reconstructed, and new roofs, a staircase and new floors were added within the ruin.  The slight was stabilised by the insertion of recessed balconies.  This project was featured by English Heritage in its publication ‘Constructive Conservation’.

Client
Private client

Awards

  • RICS International Award for Conservation
  • RICS NW Building of the Year Award
  • RIBA Northern Network Award (Silver)
  • NW Construction Awards: Heritage Award
  • Civic Trust Award; NWDA Conservation Award
  • Eden District Design Award
DIA James O Davies, English Heritage DIA