Cooke’s Studios & Sunwin House receive Community Ownership Funding

We are delighted that two of our projects – Cooke’s Studios in Barrow and Sunwin House in Keighley – have been awarded Community Ownership Funding. Well done to our fantastic clients for all their hard work in securing this funding. At Cooke’s Studios (pictured), BLA are working with Signal Film & Media to transform the shopfronts of the Grade II Listed building and reorganise the ground floor and upper floor spaces to create a more welcoming and accessible experience for visitors. At Sunwin House, we are working with East Street Arts and Keighley Creative to convert a former department store in the town centre into artists’ studios, exhibition and classroom spaces. Find out more about the transformative work our clients do in their communities here: , and

Hull Minster RIBAJ Article


Our work on the transformation at Hull Minster has been published in January’s edition of the RIBAJ.

We are delighted and privileged to have been involved in this project for over 15 years. The final phase of the project completed in September 2022. It is a great testament to the generosity, creativity, and determination of the whole project team and the church’s community that such a dramatic transformation has been achieved. We hope that the life of the Minster at the heart of Hull’s Old Town is now secured for many future generations to come.

Read the RIBAJ article here: Hull Minster extends a warm, wide welcome with new visitor centre

Read more about the project here: Hull Minster Project Page

The Bowes Museum

Bauman Lyons is delighted to be teaming up with The Bowes Museum, Xanthe Quayle Landscape Architects, Burdus Access and Arup to fully refurbish and extend the parking and visitor access provision at The Bowes Museum funded by DCMS/Arts Council England’s MEND fund. The work should be complete by Summer 2024. It is a real privilege to be working at this unique and very special place.

Museum of Making wins RIBA East Midlands Awards

We are so pleased that the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill has won three RIBA East Midlands Awards with the jury describing it as ‘an exceptional collaboration between Bauman Lyons, the client and stakeholders’.

The project was awarded RIBA East Midlands Regional Award winner 2023, and the Museum of Making won Client of the Year 2023. We’re thrilled too for our Director, Guy Smith, who won Project Architect of the Year 2023!

Read more here – RIBAJ article

The MoM has been the culmination of 11 years collective effort between Derby Museums and Bauman Lyons and has come to fruition through an innovative collaborative process with Creative Core, GCA, Speller Metcalfe, Derry Building Services, IP Initiatives and Preston Barber LLP. The Museum explores a new model of civic ‘institution’ that is inclusive and hands-on, affording public access to a diverse variety of cultural and commercial spaces including high quality workshop and learning facilities

Find out more about the Museum of Making on our Project Page.

Cooke’s Studios Redevelopment, Barrow-in-Furness

We’re delighted to have been appointed by Signal Film & Media for the redevelopment of Cooke’s Studios, a creative media and arts centre in Barrow-in-Furness. The project will explore how to transform the Grade II Listed building to provide welcoming, inclusive and well-connected spaces to better serve its tenants and communities. 

We look forward to co-producing a long term vision for the centre with the Signal team along with our regular collaborators BWA, Preston Barber, Burdus Access and Skyhooks Engineering. 

Find out more about Cooke’s Studio’s vibrant offer at and more about Signal’s fantastic work at

Planning Consent for Hebden Bridge Affordable Homes

We are delighted that our scheme for 20 affordable, low-energy homes in Hebden Bridge was approved yesterday.

The scheme is the result of many years of work by our client, Calder Valley Community Land Trust. The ambition of the trust is to provide much needed affordable housing in Hebden Bridge whilst also prioritising low-energy, sensitive, contextual design. 

The site was formerly densely developed with terraced housing that was demolished in the 1960s. Since then the site has become greened with self-seeded tree growth. The proposed scheme strikes a balance between reintroducing housing and also retaining the green and open characteristics of the site, and between a highly contextual design that references the history, typologies, materials and massing of Hebden Bridge and the requirements of modern, low-carbon living. 

We look forward to continuing to support the trust as the project progresses. 

Find out more about the project on our Project Page.

Find our more about Calder Valley Community Land Trust.

Museum of Making shortlisted for RIBA East Midlands Awards

We are absolutely delighted that the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill has been shortlisted in the RIBA East Midlands alongside other great regional projects. The MoM has been the culmination of 11 years collective effort between Derby Museums and Bauman Lyons and has come to fruition through an innovative collaborative process with Creative Core, GCA, Speller Metcalfe, Derry Building Services, IP Initiatives and Preston Barber LLP. The Museum explores a new model of civic ‘institution’ that is inclusive and hands-on, affording public access to a diverse variety of cultural and commercial spaces including high quality workshop and learning facilities.

Find out more about the Museum of Making on our Project Page.

Trinity Room Official Opening

We were pleased to attend the official opening of the Trinity Rooms at Hull Minster last Thursday. The opening concluded the third phase in a 10-year project for Bauman Lyons supporting our client Holy Trinity Development.

The new extension builds on the success of the previous two phases, which involved opening up Trinity Square to the front of the Minster and reordering the interior of the Minster, to make the church more accessible and welcoming to the city and to allow the client to use the 700-year-old, Grade I-listed building in a more flexible way as part of safeguarding the long-term future of this historic building.

Sited to the south elevation of the Minster, the Trinity Room extension is designed to provide a welcoming face which opens on to Trinity Square and to serve as a part of the overall journey around the Minster. It is designed to be flexible, accommodating a new cafe and servery which can also be used for events and workshops, as well as housing some of the Minster’s heritage collections, new WCs and plant room. The new building responds to the craft and detail of the existing Minster through careful use of a calm palette of materials including oak interiors, and a patinated brass ‘tracery’ screen which wraps around the glazing of the extension and references the stone tracery of the magnificent Nave windows.

Bauman Lyons were appointed as architect and lead designer for the project, including contract administration services on site. 

See project page for more information – Project Page


Merry Christmas from BLA


We have had a busy year and continue to be fortunate to work with amazing people on a great variety of interesting projects.

A selection of our highlights this year have included; the completion and opening of the Trinity Room extension at Grade I Listed Hull Minster, completion of Stage 4 for the re-imagining of Grade II Listed Stephenson Memorial Hall theatre and museum in Chesterfield which is now out to tender, the first year since Museum of Making in Derby re-opened with the project being shortlisted for and winning a number of awards, community housing schemes in Hebden Bridge and Leeds continuing to progress, work with Kiplin Hall in North Yorkshire to develop designs for a welcome centre, visioning work for a series of exciting projects and masterplans including for Derby Museum and Art Gallery and The National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield … and many others which we hope to continue to support over the coming year.

We hope you like the selection of images in our card which includes a short animation produced by Jackson, aged 11, who is the son of one of our architects. We’re really grateful to him for his creative, festive addition to the card!

Best wishes for the New Year from everyone at Bauman Lyons


Museum of Making wins Future Cities Forum Winter Award 2022

It is a lovely Christmas treat to see that Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill has won another award. Our collaborative project with Derby Museums and Integrated Project Team partners – Creative Core, Derry Building Services, GCA Consulting, Speller Metcalfe, IPInitiatives – has been named as the winner of the Cultural Cities category of the Future Cities Forum Winter Awards 2022. It’s a great reflection on the project and efforts of the whole team that it continues to be acknowledged in awards.

‘The Museum of Making really stood out for me. It’s beautiful, and the long term relationship that the designers had with the organisation has been important. The diversity of activities and age range of people using the space make this a stand-out project.’
Helen Taylor, Director of Practice, Scott Brownrigg, Awards Judge

This award follows the project being shortlisted earlier this year for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2022 and last year’s successes in winning the Conservation & Regeneration Award at the National Constructing Excellence Awards and the Building Awards Refurbishment Project of the Year.

Further information about the Future Cities Award can be found here.

See project page for more information – Project Page



Planning and Listed Building Consent approved for Stephenson Memorial Hall

We are thrilled that our scheme for the reimagining of Grade II listed Stephenson Memorial Hall in Chesterfield was given Planning and Listed Building Consent last month at committee. It is a great achievement on the part of the whole client and design team and reflection of all the hard work up to this stage.

The scheme reimagines the existing theatre and museum & art gallery as a single integrated cultural facility with improved, modernised facilities, visitor comfort and accessibility standards throughout.

We are also pleased to announce that our team has been appointed to continue to develop and deliver the project with Chesterfield Borough Council from RIBA Stages 4 – 6. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the team and client to develop this exciting scheme to detailed design and delivery on site.

Image credit: BLOC Visual, 2022

More project information:

Project page

Chesterfield Borough Council Press Release

Museum of Making wins National Constructing Excellence Award

We are thrilled that Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill won the Conservation & Regeneration Award at the National Constructing Excellence Awards. It’s a great recognition of the collective efforts of a brilliant client, and committed integrated project team. The award caps off a fantastic year for the building since it opened in September 2021, also picking up the Building Awards Refurbishment Project of the Year, and a series of successes at the East Midlands Constructing Excellence awards.

See project page for more information – Project Page

Read again RIBAJ article on Museum of Making – RIBAJ August Issue 

Plans to reimagine Stephenson Memorial Hall submitted for Planning and Listed Building Consent

We are pleased to have submitted a full planning and listed building consent application for the refurbishment and extension of Grade II listed Stephenson Memorial Hall in Chesterfield.

Over the past year and a half, Bauman Lyons have led a multidisciplinary team of consultants, working closely with the client team, to develop an exciting scheme that reimagines the existing theatre and museum & art gallery as a single integrated cultural facility.

We have also supported the client in developing a submission to the government’s Levelling Up Fund which we were thrilled to hear was successful!

More project information:
Project page
Chesterfield Borough Council press release

Press Release for New Welcome Centre at Kiplin Hall

We are delighted to be working with Kiplin Hall CIO for a new welcome centre in the grounds of the Grade I Listed Jacobean Hall near Richmond.

The project will be a fantastic opportunity to explore how the welcome centre will interpret the Hall’s rich heritage and connect to its unique historic and landscaped environment.

We look forward to working with the Hall’s team and volunteers and with our long term collaborators Creative Core, BWA, Alan Wood & Partners, Xanthe Quayle Landscape Architecture, Preston Barber and Waring Stewart.

The story is currently being covered in local press  – find out more at:


Mill gets back to work

We were delighted that the Museum of Making at the Silk Mill, Derby was featured in the August edition of the RIBAJ.

We think it is a testament to the inspiring collaborative effort of many people over the last nine years and hope that we have had a part in creating a cultural venue that will have a lasting legacy for the people of Derby and the wider region.

Read the article here: RIBAJ August Issue

Read more about this project here:




South Square completes and opens to the public

We are absolutely delighted that the refurbishment at the Grade II South Square arts and community centre in Thornton has recently completed. The project has been an enjoyable experience with a supportive Client TACA and long term collaborators Dobson Construction, Bernard Williams Associates, LEDA, Yvonne Deane Associates and Kingswell Jones Structural Engineers. The 8 month long construction period saw the leaky roof insulated and retiled, the stone external walls repointed with lime mortar and gently steam cleaned, 99 windows refurbished with two new shop windows to reflect historic proportions and an overhaul of the electrics and heating. TACA and their volunteers also revamped the garden at the rear into a beautiful new outdoor space to support their diverse activity programme. The centre is now open with a range of free public exhibitions recreating large scale props from the centre’s 1980s refurbishment. A bite to eat from the centre’s cafe Plenty at the Square and a cheeky (responsible) drink from The Watchmaker’s tasting bar are especially good on a sunny day in the courtyard!

Mistress Lane affordable homes granted planning approval

We are thrilled that our project for 34 new, low energy, affordable homes in Armley has been granted planning permission! 

It is great to be working with such a brilliant client as Leeds Community Homes to help deliver community-led housing in our home city of Leeds. We have worked together from feasibility stage to envisage the possibilities for the site, developing concepts, testing viability, and engaging with the local community.

The existing brownfield site has its challenges but they are exactly the kind that we like and lead to interesting proposals. The homes will be a mix of 1-bed and 2-bed apartments, as well as 6 semi-detached family houses. At the centre of the scheme will be a new multi-purpose flexible community space and all brought together with landscaping that will stitch in with the existing site and neighbours. Quality of space for residents, visitors and passers-by is crucial to the community housing scheme embedding into the existing neighbourhood. We worked with our collaborators Urban Wilderness to develop the building and landscape proposals in tandem, one informing the other. 

The principal building intervention is to plug the existing gap in the street scene, creating definition and a sense of enclosure with new edges. Generosity of public realm guides the design approach throughout, with openness and permeability important qualities to create places to stay and enjoy. Around the site, at entrances, along desire lines and between different external spaces; edges and thresholds are designed thoughtfully with qualities of comfort, privacy and generosity. 



South Square fabric improvements progressing well

Phase 1 of the Grade II Listed refurbishments at South Square Centre, Thornton is nearly complete. Dobsons of Ilkley have done a fine job of re-pointing the external walls in lime mortar with a lovely brush finish that accentuates the shapes and coursing of the original stonework. Years of staining on the walls from the leaky roof has been carefully steam removed revealing the soft yellow hued stonework underneath.  The roof has be re-tiled, insulated and new gutters and flashing have been installed. Dobsons were able to reinstate all of the original stone hip and ridge tiles and retain a majority of the original cast iron downpipes. The timber windows have been repaired, eased and re-painted in a smart dark ink blue that complements the warmth of the stonework beautifully. 

Silk Mill featured in The Observer

A lovely way to begin 2021 with this Observer article for the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill. It is great to see the excitement building for the new Museum of Making which is due to open in Spring 2021.

The ‘makers’ story has driven the project throughout and has been embraced by the local community, council, client, designers and contractor team. We’re looking forward to sharing lots more exciting updates over the coming months.

For more information on the project click here.


Viability Plan approved for FUSE Art Space in Bradford

Great news that FUSE Art Space have had their viability plan successfully approved by The Architectural Heritage Fund. We had the pleasure of working with FUSE earlier this year, supporting them on this feasibility study. The brief was to explore the potential to transform a set of existing buildings in the City Centre conservation area in the commercial core of Bradford. The concept proposals reimagine the buildings as a new multi-use arts hub and home for FUSE, creating an active street frontage and containing a variety of uses stitched together with a bright, new central circulation atrium. 

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