Stanbrook Abbey

Structural Designer

BuroHappold Engineering

Client Name

The Community of Our Lady of Consolation (Stanbrook Abbey)


Wass, United Kingdom


Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios




Richard Cavadino and Associates


Set in a remote area of peaceful woodland in the North Yorkshire village of Wass, Stanbrook Abbey is a new eco-friendly home for Benedictine Nuns. The nunnery comprises a church, chapel, sacristy, four parlours and a conference room.

The architecturally exposed reinforced concrete curved walls have been carefully designed and detailed to simultaneously act as a load bearing, shear and retaining wall to support the engineered timber roof elements, provide overall stability and overcome the varying ground levels.


Judge's comment:

The judges were taken with the sympathetic and considered detailing of the expressed structural timber and concrete that complement the architecture to deliver simplicity and calm to this building.

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