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Halliday Clark submits expansion plans for religious retreat

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Halliday Clark Architects has submitted plans for this £6.5 million, religious retreat on the edge of Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales

The Bradford-based practice proposes to expand and revamp the buildings – used until 2008 by the Church of England as a Christian community – which include a 1959 chapel by renowned ecclesiastical architect George Pace and the 18th-century Scargill House.

Among the scheme’s ‘sustainable features’ are a biomass boiler, green roofs, rainwater harvesting, solar hot water, the re-use of on site limestone and timber from the 30 ha and argon-filled triple glazing.

Project phases

  • Phase 1 - start on site this summer and the creation of teaching areas and refurbishment of bedrooms within the original main house
  • Phase 2 - creation of new ‘dining hub’ for around 200 people with ‘rationalisation of levels’ through addition of a new stair/lift tower constructed in shuttered concrete
  • Phase 3 - 26 new en-suite guest bedrooms built within the modular, ‘outcrop building’ which will be cut into the hillside. A new main entrance will house a reception, toilet, waiting facilities with a first floor office. These buildings will be made of cedar, glass and concrete to reflect the George Pace buildings around the site.
  • Phase 4 - refurbishment of existing guest accommodation for use by the Scargill Community, including upgrading bedrooms and support facilities
  • Phase 5 - creation of new build ‘youth zone’ for 35 children and five leaders and a multi-purpose hall.


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