A project by NPS to improve, restore and rejuvenate the entrance of Cannon Hall Museum in Barnsley has been Highly Commended at the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH) Awards 2018.
The scheme was recognised on the night in the Preservation and Rejuvenation category. The Grade II* Listed building is run by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council who strive to ensure the museum is accessible to all, educating the local community and its visitors. However due to the lack of cyclical maintenance, the existing timber frame porch infill was of poor condition, poorly lit and falling into disrepair.
NPS Barnsley worked closely with the Client, Local Authority Conservation Officer and Historic England to successfully deliver the project on a live site. A minimalist design using glass was developed which focused on showcasing the listed stonework whilst ensuring the entrance was secure and accessible. Warm, simple and modern light fittings were chosen to contrast sympathetically with the historic features. Modern yet simplistic glazing manifestations were applied to the new entrance doors using the site logo. The existing internal door was repaired and automated to encourage visitors to enter.
The scheme has contributed to a more accessible, secure and inviting entrance to a local landmark; increasing visitor footfall and economic contribution to the Local Authority. The access is significantly improved for disabled visitors, and the changes will contribute to the longer-term sustainability of the building and the appreciation of its heritage.
Councillor Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council, said: “Cannon Hall is a gem in the Yorkshire countryside, the Hall and Park and Gardens are a great place to explore and see history come to life. The new entrance is the perfect welcome for visitors to the Hall and the specifically designed glazing really enhances the architecture of the entrance.”