This radical wing shaped building designed to celebrate the achievements of Yorkshire aviation pioneer Robert Blackburn, marks something of a departure for us. Set in a woodland embankment of the Leeds green belt and in context of the Grade II listed Bowcliffe Hall near Bramham, The Blackburn Wing re-imagines the traditional treehouse as a contemporary events venue that creates the extraordinary impression of being suspended inside a wing.
The structure is a simple combination of curved glulam beams encapsulating a space clad in copper, all supported from a steal column and tensile structure below. The wing cantilevers out 30 meters to admire the valley view from some eight meters in the air. A simple yet elegant structure with minimalist materials all designed to age with the surroundings and go some way to putting a local hero finally on the map.
The project had to demonstrate special circumstances to be granted planning permission in the green belt (largely accredited to the important aviation reference) and its completion in August represents a significant and, hopefully, award-winning achievement for Harris.