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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We’re really pleased to be able to share the news that the National Trust has been successful in their bid for HLF funding and has been awarded £3.7 million to help repair and conserve this Baroque masterpiece in Northumberland, bringing new life to Seaton Delaval Hall for visitors and the local community.

Director Jenny Gillatt, as an RIBA Specialist Conservation Architect, is leading the project for the practice and is thrilled – ‘It’s been a long road up to this point but it’s an incredible opportunity to work with the variety of buildings and structures across the historic estate’

As well as conservation work across the main buildings and landscape structures, Mosedale Gillatt have designed a series of contemporary interventions that will provide much needed visitor facilities such as the new Brewhouse cafe.

Further coverage of the announcement can be found at National Trust, BBC and Architects Journal

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We’re currently looking for talented and enthusiastic RIBA Part I or Part II Architectural Assistants to join us here at Mosedale Gillatt Architects.

As part of a dedicated team, we can offer a interesting and diverse workload to suitable candidates, in a relaxed but hard working environment.

If this sounds of interest to you, please send a CV and examples of relevant projects through to studio@mgarchitects.info