The restored Wentworth Castle Glasshouse by Buttress Architects, 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. The reinforced Kevlar suits, once a condition of entry, have now given way to wedding dresses as the glasshouses have become a popular events space and a strong revenue stream for the trust.
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.”
This year 238 applications were received to the awards and 91 projects were given either an award or commendation at a gala dinner in London on March 06. The only conservation project in the Yorkshire and Humber region, Wentworth Castle Glasshouse is very dear to our hearts and we are delighted it has received this recognition. The project was made possible with funding from The HLF, English Heritage, the ERDF and the Country Houses Foundation.