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Broughton Hall Pavilion

Broughton Hall Pavilion

Commercial & Public Access Highly Commended 2006

Location: North Yorkshire
Client/Owner: Broughton Hall Business Park/Roger Tempest
Architect: Hopkins Architects
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
Main Contractor/Builder: Broughton Hall Estate/Rural Solutions
Joinery Company: Kingston Craftsman of Hull, Structural Timber Engineering
Wood Species: English Oak, Red Cedar, Pine

Broughton Hall estate in North Yorkshire is a new pavilion providing an attractive communal facility at the centre of which is run a rural enterprise business.  Altered in the 19th Century to its present imposing form, the Hall is built out of local stone and set amidst 3000 acres of parkland. The surrounding listed, redundant out-buildings have been progressively converted to provide modern office accommodation.  The client’s brief indicated a need for a communal building on the site to act as a central focus.  The new single storey Pavilion sits confidently on its timber plinth, a contemporary yet natural building.

Entrance is across an open veranda, which surrounds the Pavilion. The central common room has frameless glass, front and back, and is flanked, symmetrically by timber clad ‘book ends’, housing the smaller rooms, whose structure incorporates the laminated timber columns that support the roof; a clear–span steel truss, with a central roof light.

The selection of the timber species for building components related to their requirements of strength, durability and appearance.  Load bearing solid Oak columns support the roof, laminated for strength designed to carry the roof loads without steel reinforcement.

Western Red Cedar was selected for durability to clad the ‘bookend’ accommodation. Pitch Pine was selected for the appearance and economy to line the internal soffitt of the roof. In conjunction with absorbent quilt, this provides an acoustic ceiling and interior finish to the soffitt.  Oak from storm damaged trees within the Broughton Hall Estate provided the materials for the broad-walk or plinth around the base of the building.