Civic Trust Award, Commendation

The Portland Collection, Welbeck Estate, Worksop | Hugh Broughton Architects

The new gallery provides a home for the Portland Collection, one of the finest accumulations of paintings, sculpture, books, tapestries and furniture in private hands in the UK. The new gallery is housed within the old walls of the Tan Gallop, a redundant structure, which was previously used for training racehorses. Externally, elevations have been crisply detailed in handmade Danish brick, which contrasts with and complements original stone walls. Protruding barrel vaulted zinc roofs provide a dynamic roofline, evoking silhouettes of the Abbey and hinting at the drama within.  Visitors enter through a steel frame glazed entrance pavilion, which provides a light and airy threshold with clear views on to a line of trees and a 19th century lodge, now the curatorial offices. The creation of the new gallery allows the public to see the peerless Portland Collection for the first time in a series of changing displays.

Source: Civic Trust Awards