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Work has just started on one of the largest National Trust construction projects ever seen in the North of England. As Conservation Architect and Lead Consultant we are pleased to be involved with this nationally important project. Seaton Delaval Hall closed to the public at the beginning of November to allow work to begin across a range of buildings and structures on the site. Exciting proposals for new cafe, landscape and play schemes are to be implemented as part of the wider scheme. The site will re-open in February 2019, however the repair and renewal process will continue until Summer 2020 meaning that you can see the conservation works up close as they progress.

You can keep up to date with progress on their website here.

You may be aware from the regular stream of site photographs over the past couple of months we’ve been sharing that work has commenced on the restoration of this Grade II* listed watermill at Warwick Bridge. We’ve been involved in this project for over 4 years and are delighted to see works progressing on site. The project looks to restore the building to it’s original form with the mill machinery operating. Working closely with the client – North of England Civic Trust, and a wide range of mill specialists, we’re unravelling the history of the site as we complete essential repair work.

The completed building will also host an artisan bakery and create its own power with the introduction of a hydro-electric generator. Forecast for completion in Spring 2019, we’ll keep you regularly updated on progress.

It’s been a busy couple of months in the office welcoming new team members.

Firstly we’d like to say ‘welcome aboard’ to Charles. Charles joins us as a Senior Architect following a successful career at various north-east practices. We’re really pleased that he’s joined Mosedale Gillatt Architects, and he’s already working hard on various projects that are due to come to fruition in the next year.

Secondly congratulations go out to Ruth as she qualified as an Architect this year. A lot of hard work paid off as she was presented with the prize for the top student of the year.

And lastly (but definitely not least!) we’re very proud to be supporting Becky as she takes up a new role as the office Apprentice. She’s part of the first year intake of Architect Degree Apprenticeship March course at Northumbria University. We feel that the apprenticeship programme is a vital change in the approach to the architectural education system and look forward to supporting her in the journey.


We are currently transforming the upper floors to three historic buildings across the North East of England. Situated in conservation areas and/or listed buildings, our detailed consideration of their historic fabric has informed the creative adaptation process, creating over 70 unique dwellings that will revitalise both the buildings and the streets around them.



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Following the huge success of the award winning Woods Pottery development in Ouseburn for North East Workspace, we are returning to redevelop the unused adjacent site to provide exciting contemporary office accommodation for new and existing businesses. The site has already been cleared and a planning application will be submitted later this year.

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We were delighted to have been shortlisted recently to form an exciting new Cycle Hub at Kielder Castle. Working in close collaboration with Col8 (interactive mountain biking film specialists) we developed a project at the cutting edge of digital interaction.  The relationship between the castle and the landscape, combined with the engagement of the adventure sports community, was something that we found especially motivating and follows on from our other projects in the area at Leaplish and Tower Knowe.

We are delighted to be working with Southern Green on the South Cliff Gardens in Scarborough  – one of the nation’s most distinctive and dramatic green spaces linking the heart of Scarborough with the North Sea coast. Scarborough Borough Council has been successful in a Stage 1 application to the HLF Parks for People fund for the restoration of South Cliff Gardens, and  in partnership with the Friends of South Cliff Gardens is seeking to develop its HLF Stage 2 bid. This Grade 2 Registered Historic Park and Garden contains an extensive collection of shelters and structures.

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It was all go at our project Holy Trinity in Sunderland last weekend as they celebrated the Tall Ships being in port nearby and hosting the Georgian Festival in its grounds.

The weekend also saw the opening of  a unique art installation within the building.  Gogmagog: Voices of the Bells is a new sound installation created by artist Matt Stokes. The installation, sited in the nave of the Church, reinterprets a peal rung on its bells in 1898.

Whilst the bells are currently silenced due to the condition of the bell tower, a new version of the peal has been given life by local bell ringers, musicians, singers and choirs, drawing lyrics from the story of the church’s historical social roles.

Gogmagog is part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project, Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience, which explores how contemporary art might change visitors’ experience of a heritage site.

Led by a group of researchers from Newcastle and Leeds Universities, the project is interested in finding out whether creating and siting new art in heritage places can change the ways in which these important places are understood and enjoyed.

This is a fantastic start to what is looking to be an incredible journey in the repair, conservation and adaptation of this building, giving it a new lease of life with our client The Churches Conservation Trust

Mosedale Gillatt are pleased to welcome our newest member of staff Becky Smith. Becky has joined us as a Part I Architectural Assistant for her second year out and has already settled into the team well. Becky is working on a variety of projects from feasibility through to work on site and we hope that the experience she gets here will support her well in her architectural career.

Meet Becky…

Why Mosedale Gillatt?

I was particularly drawn to Mosedale Gillatt due to the clear community drive that is obvious in much of the work produced; There is a real emphasis on the detail in a design which is the pinnacle of a great piece of architecture.  I am looking forward to working on existing schemes as there are many constraints to those projects, making the design a challenge which I find enjoyable.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

When I was a child I would have said I wanted to be a Crime Scene Detective, but that’s primarily because I idolised Caroline Quentin in Blue Murder; and was naïve enough to think the job role would be exactly like a TV Crime Drama.

My real love for Architecture arose as I begin to travel to more exotic places with my family in my early teens, with my key memory being St Petersburg in Russia, which I then realised how much of an impact great buildings can have on a city. I’ve also always had a real clichéd love for Lego and having a nosey around new housing development show homes.

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a lover of independent coffee shops and artisan bakeries, so spend many weekends trying out new venues.

In the summer I like to spend weekends camping when possible, ideally somewhere near a small village with one local pub and zero phone signal for absolute authenticity.

Describe yourself in three words

Happy, Hungry + Northern!

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We want to extend our congratulations to the Churches Conservation Trust who have been awarded £2.8m of Heritage Lottery funding this month in support of exciting proposals to bring a beautiful Grade 1 listed church in Sunderland back to life.

Holy Trinity, in the centre of Old Sunderland has long represented the heart of this area and is now set to enjoy a renaissance as a multi-use centre for community events, music, performance, crafts and storytelling, assuring its future for the long term.

This has been an incredibly exciting project for the practice and we are delighted to have been involved and are looking forward to a great future for the Canny Space.

Check out these links for more information from the Churches Conservation Trust, and also what links the Eurythmics to this exciting project…

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