In Heritage, Leeds, Leisure, New Project

DPP Leed’s office has submitted plans for ‘The Wheel’, a new conference space at the Grade II listed Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby, home to the award-winning scheme, ‘The Blackburn Wing’ put forward by DPP in 2012

The design concept; classic car meets Bond villain lair, comes from architects, The Harris Partnership and is a tribute to the former owner of Bowcliffe Hall, Robert Blackburn, an aviation pioneer and motor enthusiast. The building is hidden from view and sunken into the grounds of the Hall and if approved, design features will include a floating roof, to depict a car bonnet, glass roof light that replicates a vintage hubcap, and numerous references to heritage motoring in the form of grills, vents, exposed internal structuring depicting engine parts and exhaust.

Created to enhance the Hall’s current offering as a wedding, conference and events venue, The Wheel will draw on it’s tie with the resident Drivers’ Club and the visual connection from its eastern wing, where the exclusive private members’ club draws its interior design inspiration from the 1920s and the Golden Age of Motoring. A decision is expected in the next few months.

Mark Lane, Director and lead on the scheme had this to say;

It’s a very exciting project, and I’m delighted to bring this forward after the great sucess we saw for Blackburn Wing.  Working with a client and a firm of architects that have the vision and confidence to produce a truly inspiring scheme, has been a wonderful experience, and I am hopeful that permission will be granted shortly. 

Mark Lane, Director DPP


Image courtesy of The Harris Partnership

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