SESSAY COMMUNITY HUB
Client Sessay Parish Council
Status Competition finalist
An RIBA open competition of over 80 entrants, Gibson Thornley were finalist in a two-stage competition to design a community building, sports pavilion and landscape in Sessay, North Yorkshire
Located within the heart of a small rural community, the proposed building and landscape respond to the existing village context. The farming heritage of Sessay defines much of the surrounding landscape. Parkland trees set within pasture is prevalent. Our wider landscape proposals attempt to re-ruralise the site, making a gradual transition from village to pitches. The cricket pitches and bowling green are bedded into a new, rural parkland setting.
The entrance of the building is clearly visible from the village. A new, generous pathway leads directly from Main Street to the Hub. The taller volume of the main hall act as markers for the new Hub. The building is raised on a brick plinth which heightens the drama of the arrival sequence, as well as creating terraced seating for spectators.
The siting of the building has been influenced by views of landscape from the village, however, the Hub also affords dramatic views from its interior. The lounge is located at the apex of the building affording views of both pitches but also of the context beyond. The main hall enjoys views back to the village and more intimate and structured landscape, such as the children’s play area and bowling green.
Landscape Architect Kinnear Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer Elliott Wood
Services Engineer Ritchie + Daffin
Costs Consultant Exigere
Computer renders Forbes Massie Studio
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