The Landmark Trust has announced an open design contest to regenerate its Grade I-listed Calverley Old Hall near Leeds
Open to ‘innovative designers with a flair for enhancing historic buildings and creating beautiful sensitive conversions’ – the two-stage competition seeks proposals to transform the late-medieval manor house into a mixed-use complex centred around holiday accommodation.
The project comes four years after Witherford Watson Mann’s restoration of Astley Castle for the same client won the RIBA Stirling Prize. Founded in 1965, the landmark trust has transformed nearly 200 buildings of historic and architectural interest – including forts, castles, follies and towers – into holiday rental units.
According to the brief: ‘Landmark bought the site in 1981, and converted part of it into holiday accommodation, later restoring the Chapel and weather-proofing of the Great Hall and Solar. But Calverley Old Hall represents unfinished business for Landmark.
‘Over the years, we have examined various options to bring the site back in to full and sustainable use, but none have come to fruition. We have renewed our commitment to finding a financially sustainable, holistically approached mixed-use solution that both conserves, and internally transforms, this highly significant building. We’re looking for a world-class multidisciplinary design team to work with us on this opportunity to revitalise the entire site.
Located in the village of Calverly between Bradford and Leeds, the manor house was first erected in the 12th century and was continually expanded until the 17th century. Key surviving elements include a two-storey, largely 14th-century Solar Block; a late 15th-century Great Hall and Chapel; an early 16th-century Parlour Block, and a 17th century Lodging Block.
The historic site was purchased by the trust more than 30 years ago and partially transformed into holiday accommodation. The chapel was later restored and weather-proofing added to the Great Hall and Solar but plans to restore the entire site have so far floundered.
The latest project aims to transform the complex into a mixed-use facility featuring self-catering holiday accommodation, short-term assured residential tenancy and community spaces. Proposals may feature a ‘contemporary or historicist’ approach but must aim to restore the building’s historic fabric to the ‘highest conservation standards.’
Interested parties must first submit a prequalification questionnaire featuring two A3 pages introducing the design team and relevant past projects. Between five and eight shortlisted teams will then be invited to draw up conceptual designs, cost estimates and fee tenders during the competition’s second stage.
The deadline for applications is 1 August.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
The Landmark Trust
Tel: 01628 825920