Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum

Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum Building, Helmsley Architecture, North Yorkshire

Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum

North Yorkshire Architecture, north England, UK – design by Simpson & Brown

2 Aug 2017

Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum Building

Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum

Design: Simpson & Brown Architects

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire, Northern England, UK

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The aim of the project was to upgrade the museum building to meet modern curatorial standards, encourage visitors into the ruins, and improve facilities.

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A glulam spruce central hall has been inserted into the existing L-shaped timber visitor centre.

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Visually the new structural frame echoes the existing columns and arches of the abbey ruins. The frame gradually splays to reveal previously obscured views.

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The frames are connected by CLT sheeting at roof level and a perimeter edge beam containing concealed lighting and services. These panels are exposed where possible and stained to match the mainframe.

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The slot windows formed within the vertical CLT panels echo the local timber agricultural buildings and provide discreet views to the terrace. Off-site fabrication solved the problems of a restricted site and tight programme over winter.

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Rievaulx Abbey Visitor Centre & Museum, Helmsley – Building Information

Location: Helmsley
Architect: Simpson & Brown
Client/Owner: English Heritage
Structural Engineer: Dosser Group
Main Contractor/Builder: Simpson (York) Ltd
M&E: SDS Engineering Consultants
Quantity Surveyor: RNJ Partnership
Joinery Company/Wood Supplier: Cowley Timber & Partners
Wood Species: Scandinavian Spruce
Photography: Giles Rocholl Photography

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