Airedale Barn, Keighley *

Client: The National Trust (Yorkshire Region)

The Airedale Barn is a large, late medieval stone barn, owned by the National Trust and located in the grounds of East Riddlesden Hall, near Keighley, West Yorkshire.

The brief was to produce a scheme to enhance the layout of the barn to serve as a multi-purpose space. In addition to the necessary re-roofing of the barn using its original stone slate, the opportunity was taken to replace the existing 19th Century softwood roof and support structure with a traditional, late medieval aisled king post roof structure, similar to the adjacent Great barn. This produced an interior more appropriate to the original form of the building and increased central headroom to allow for displays, receptions and concerts.

Specially selected English green oak was used throughout for the roof and supporting structure and all connections were formed using medieval jointing techniques, pinned with cleft oak pegs. Underfloor heating was subsequently installed to provide sensible levels of warmth.
The project won an RIBA York and North Yorkshire Branch Craftsmanship Award for Carpentry.

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