William Birch was awarded the prestigious project to provide new living accommodation in a rural setting for a community of nuns. The project included the construction of 26 en-suite ‘cells’ serviced by bespoke mains and including the installation of a biomass boiler. The new development also incorporated the Chapter House, Novitiate, the infirmary, refectories, a shop and ancillary accommodation. Externally, a new access road through demanding terrain leads to a service yard, courtyard and terraces within the main complex. Extensive landscaping was provided including a reed bed system.
The monastery’s location offered considerable logistical challenges overcome by extensive
civil engineering works to install a steep access road through farm fields and holiday chalets. The exposed nature of the site atop the North Yorkshire Moor escarpment required that the extensive use of lime mortar and render had to be carefully managed by our specialists.