An architect long associated with the Diocese of Leeds has recently received prestigious awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Sebastian Rowe, from the Pearce Bottomley practice, based in Aberford near Leeds, has served on the diocesan Art, Architecture and Heritage Committee and the Historic Churches Committee for more than twenty years.
During this time he has placed his knowledge and expertise in building conservation at the disposal of both these bodies, the purpose of which is to protect the architectural heritage of the Diocese. He has always done so unstintingly and continues to give of his time with great generosity. Formerly a parishioner at St Mary’s, Knaresborough, Sebastian now lives near York and attends Our Lady’s Church in Acomb.
Sebastian won the awards for his work on the restoration and refurbishment of the 500-year-old Great Barn which overlooks the River Wharfe on the Bolton Abbey Estate. Previously the barn, which is the largest of its kind in northern England and regarded as a building of national significance was entirely derelict. It has now been brought back to its original glory and converted into a spectacular high quality conference and wedding venue. The RICS named the conversion as its Project of the Year for Yorkshire and Humberside as well as selecting it as the regional Building Conservation project and Commercial Property project of the year. The RIBA similarly chose the Great Barn for its overall Yorkshire Award 2019 and for the Yorkshire Conservation Award.
Congratulations to Sebastian [pictured 2nd from left] and his colleagues at Pearce Bottomley Architects.