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Sutherland Hussey wins Sessay Pavilion contest

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Scottish practice Sutherland Hussey has triumphed in the RIBA-backed competition to design a new community hub and sports pavilion in Sessay, North Yorkshire

The practice, working with Gross Max Landscape Architects, saw off competition from Faed Brown Architects, Daykin Marshall Studio and Gibson Thornley Architects.

More than 80 practices from around the world entered the initial stage of the contest.

The project – backed by the Sessay Parish Council and Village Hall and Playing Fields Association – will create a new community hall and pavilion for Sessay Cricket Club which won the National Village Knockout Tournament at Lords in 2010.

The new building will replace existing facilities on the site near Thirsk which have been described as ‘poorly designed, thermally inefficient and coming to the end of their useful life’.

In a poll of AJ readers, Sutherland Hussey’s scheme received 30 per cent of votes coming second to unnamed Team C.

The judging panel was chaired by architect Robin Snell and also included designer Wayne Hemingway.

A spokesperson for Sutherland Hussey said: ‘We are delighted to be selected and looking forward to working further with the Sessay community, to develop their vision, for this new village hub. It’s inspiring to work with a community who are so eager and willing to engage in contemporary architecture.’

Hemingway added: ‘Sutherland Hussey produced a thoughtful and forward thinking design which should provide a truly uplifting pavilion for the Sessay community and the wider region.’

Parish council chair John MacPherson added: ‘The standard of the designs put forward by the four finalists was impressive making our choice of a winner very difficult. We are looking forward to working with Sutherland Hussey to make our dream of a new village hall in Sessay become a reality.’

Sutherland Hussey will now work up its winning scheme with a planning application set to be submitted in March 2015.


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