Calverley Old Hall

2017 Architecture Competition to save outstanding but endangered building

Calverley Old Hall near Leeds is a Grade I listed medieval manor house with fabric dating from the 13th to 17th centuries. While part has been a Landmark holiday let for many years, the rest of the site – and the most historically significant – has fallen into disuse and such decay that it is currently on the Heritage at Risk Register. In 2017 we launched an international design competition to find an innovative architect to revitalise the whole site for an exciting new future.

75 firms from across the world submitted designs to revive Calverley Old Hall. During a rigorous judging process, we shortlisted nine architects before narrowing the list down to award-winning English firm Cowper Griffith. The architect's conceptual designs will now be developed further, working closely with our team of surveyors and historians. We hope to launch a fundraising appeal in 2020 and start work on site in 2021.

“We saw a really exciting and imaginative range of proposals for the revival of Calverley through the competition. However, the winning design stood out, and won the unanimous support of the panel, for its marriage of real sensitivity to the grade-one listed building with an ingenious approach to creating wonderful, uplifting spaces within and around it” - Anna Keay, Director of the Landmark Trust

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