Sessay Village Community Hub, Thirsk

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Sessay Village Community Hub

Community Project in North Yorkshire, northern England design by Architects Sutherland Hussey Harris, UK

27 Mar 2015

Sessay Community Hub Building

Location: Sessay, 4 miles south-east from Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Design: Sutherland Hussey Harris, Architects

New North Yorkshire building

International Competition Winning Design Seeks Planning Consent:

Community Hub Project for Sessay Village in North Yorkshire on Schedule

27th March 2015 – Plans for an ambitious project to create a new community hub, sports pavilion and sporting facilities in Sessay in North Yorkshire are on schedule following the submission of a planning application to Hambleton District Council on 16 March 2015.

Architects Sutherland Hussey Harris from Edinburgh, winners of the RIBA international competition, have developed the design in consultation with Sessay Parish Council and Sessay Village Hall & Playing Fields Association.

If approved the residents of Sessay and Hutton Sessay, along with neighbouring parishes can look forward to modern new facilities including a second cricket pitch, a double multi-use games area for tennis, football and other sports as well as an outdoor children’s adventure play area. Sessay Cricket Club and Sessay Bowls Club will have new pavilions incorporating up-to-date changing, spectator and social facilities.

The proposals also include a new village hall, bar and café, meeting rooms and improved catering facilities for functions and weddings as well as a site for potential allotments.

Parish Council Chairman, John MacPherson said he was delighted with what Sutherland Hussey Harris had achieved since winning the RIBA competition in January:
“We have developed an excellent working relationship with Sutherland Hussey Harris. They have shown extraordinary commitment and put in a great deal of work to amend their original design and meet our objective of submitting a planning application in March. We are very much on target and are looking forward to working together to create a community facility that people will talk about and want to visit for many years to come.”

Robin Snell, RIBA Adviser to the Judging Panel said: “The winning competition design has the potential to raise the quality bar for this type of Community Project – I’m very pleased that it is proceeding as planned.”

Colin Harris of Sutherland Hussey Harris commented: “We are delighted to have been selected by the Sessay community to design what will become a new heart for their village into the 21st century. It’s been an interesting challenge to imagine what a village hall and sporting facility of the future could look like in a rural setting and it’s proving to be an exciting and rewarding exercise in community led place-making.”

The architects have been able to incorporate plans for new homes on the site of the existing village hall to address the community’s future housing requirements.

A decision from Hambleton District Council is expected in June 2015.

Sessay Village Community Hub information from RIBA

• Sutherland Hussey Harris were winners of the RIBA international competition which saw 86 entries from around the globe shortlisted to 4 teams by the judging panel which included Designer and Writer, Wayne Hemingway MBE and Robin Snell as RIBA Adviser. The 4 teams met with representatives from the local community prior to finalising their designs.

• The local community were involved in the consultation process and voted on their preferred design following an exhibition during the Christmas and New Year period, local school children were also engaged in the design process.

• The competition was made possible by an award of £32,400 from the Government’s Home and Communities Agency.


• Over 20 groups use the current Village Hall including the WI, Sessay CE Primary School, St Cuthbert’s Parochial Church Council, Indoor & Outdoor Bowls Clubs, the Cricket Club, Drama Group and Sessay Community First Responders. Yoga and Zumba classes are held regularly.

• Sessay Cricket Club won the National Village Knockout Tournament at Lords in 2010 and has an exceptionally strong following. With a growing junior section and ladies team, it has outgrown the existing facilities.

Sutherland Hussey Harris

Location: Sessay, North Yorkshire, England, UK

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