Region: Yorkshire and the Humber
Local Authority: Scarborough
Funding Body: Yorkshire Forward, Scarborough Borough Council
Summary: Conversion and extension of a natural history museum to creative industries centre, associated with a mix of regeneration benefits as part of the renaissance of this seaside town.
The building is special and distinctive. The original site comprises a Grade ll* listed marine villa, overlooking the registered Valley Gardens in Scarborough’s South Bay.
Scarborough Council took over the building in 1934 and operated the Wood End Museum Of Natural History in the building up until 2006, when it was adopted for the creative workplace development.
Issue: Partial demolition of some of the existing fabric and extensions were required to create sufficient workspace to enable the building to be reused.
Strategy: The re-development of the site has completely refurbished the listed buildings and incorporated them into a new and distinctive workspace solution of the highest contemporary architectural quality. Two new extensions complement the historic building with designs that are distinctive but in keeping with the surroundings.
Outcome: Woodend provides purpose-built managed workspace to support individuals and businesses operating in the digital, media and creative sector, providing a new use for the building and bringing economic benefits to the local area.
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