21st June 2002





Architecture staff at the University of Lincoln in Hull are designing a new look for the neglected memorial hall in Beverley.


Gary Hornsby and Bridget Hansford - both part-time tutors at the university – have been working on the project since being appointed to carry out the work by the town council earlier this year. 


Until recently, the two tutors ran a successful design studio in the Hull School of Architecture but now have their own business – Salt Architects – which they use to enhance their work with both clients and students.


Salt Architects was selected because of its unique approach to design, which utilises all the arts as generators for design strategies as well as their expertise in the area of modern interventions in historic contexts.  


With these concepts in mind, the designers have created a multi-use community facility incorporating a 250-seat auditorium.  The design also encourages better use of the little known Champney Gardens in the heart of Beverley.  The project designs, whose budget is around £2.5 million, will be presented to the Queen at Beverley racecourse on 12 July and submitted for planning permission shortly afterwards.


“We are very excited about the opportunity this redevelopment will give to the people of Beverley and the surrounding area,” said Gary. “As architects we welcome schemes that will contribute to community activity and enhance facilities.


“We particularly enjoy this project as it combines the core skills and interests of Salt Architects - architecture, landscape and urban design.”


Past projects carried out by the team include work in and around Assissi in Italy, consultancy for the Sacred Land organisation sponsored by the WWF, the Jacobs Well Charity working in Romania and various school developments.


If anyone is interested in discussing the design work please telephone Gary or Bridget on 01482 888102 or call in to the office at 2 Giles Croft, Beverley.




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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk


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