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Group Ginger reveals plans for Whitby offshore energy HQ

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Emerging Leeds-based practice Group Ginger has been appointed to design a renewable energy centre at Endeavour Wharf in Whitby

The building will provide facilities for off-shore windfarms and also includes the development of a pontoon facility at the quay.

The practice’s harbour-side building will create a new centre for offshore renewable energy company Dalby’s operation and maintenance, marine control and training facilities alongside a public exhibition space.

According to the practice, the buildings varied gables and heights ‘reflect the incremental growth of Whitby’.


The architect’s view

The design is orientated towards the key harbour frontage where materials and services will be loaded on and off the support vessels. This creates an active and varied massing fronting the harbour and reflects the complexity and variation on the opposite bank. The proposals articulate the massing to reflect the different internal programmes but is carefully orchestrated to enable large single floor plates internally that can be space planned to allow for flexible arrangements and inter-department working.

The building will use traditional materials common to harbour side environments but in a modern interpretation, rain-screen timber cladding shrouds the water and weather tight envelope beneath. The facing materials can then be finely detailed avoiding large flashings and complicated detailing to resolve the geometric forms. Material uniformity enhances the composition of elements. An integrated concrete flood defence plinth ensures its resilience to future flooding.

Project data

Location Endeavour Wharf, Whitby
Type of project renewable energy centre
Architect Group Ginger
Client Dalby Offshore

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  • its in a good location, separated from the more traditional vernacular buildings and looks visually striking. Best wishes and good luck its a lovely area that needs more contemporary architecture (including the wonderful Stanton Williams Whitby Abbey Museum [sic).

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