Our client wanted to place special holiday accommodation in this spectacular setting. The site captured our imagination, a giant stepped-circular landscape formed by the limestone extraction process which creates huge benches looking over the North Yorkshire Moors. Once quarrying is completed, the site will be restored and a wild-flower meadow created by renowned garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith.
The quarry site sits on part of the 200 acre family owned, Georgian, Middleton Lodge Estate. There are a collection of existing buildings on the site that include a beautifully preserved house built in 1780 by John Carr. The estate currently operates as a hotel, restaurant, spa and wedding venue.
We worked with mineral engineers to develop the stepped landscape which reveals centuries of human intervention. The buildings are positioned to maximise privacy and views.
The project will become part of a family of beautiful buildings and so need to be special but comfortable in this context. The living rooms have domed ceilings, a reference to the vaulted ceilings of the manor house at the centre of the estate.
Our client and Middleton Lodge owner James Allison said: “We’ve loved working with studioshaw, they really got the concept we were trying to deliver and ran with it. They took our brief further than we originally thought possible with some clever design and original thinking. We’re really looking forward to the next stage of the project to turn the ideas into a reality.”