Wentworth Castle Wins Civic Trust AABC Conservation Award

The restored Wentworth Castle Glasshouse, which was reopened to the public in November 2014, is one of just 6 projects to win a Civic Trust AABC Conservation Award this year alongside Kings Cross Station in London and the Middleport Potteries.

The awards are given to projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment. With the conservation award in particular recognising the highest standards of building conservation. The judges looked for an understanding of significance, diagnosis of problems and deficiencies; and development of a philosophical and practical approach specific to the project circumstances.

Issues at the glasshouse included significant structural repair and restoration, designing out original defects and making new design decisions to allow for public access and year round opening.

This is a complete reversal of fortunes for the fragile glasshouses which were in perilous condition and on the buildings at risk register.

Claire Herring, Director of the Wentworth and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust said:

“The transformation of the Glasshouse from derelict eyesore to the dazzling centrepiece of the Gardens is the culmination of a 10 year dream for the Trust.  Its fragile beauty is a credit to the perseverance of the professional team and the craft skill of the contractors.”

Silcock Leedham was part of the Buttress Architects team working on this commission and provided detailed design of the building services From RIBA stage B to L and BREEAM assessment services.