Bagby Airfield Thirsk, North Yorkshire 2007–2009

The clubhouse takes the plan form of an C18th English country house.  The rammed earth superstructure made using material excavated from the site supports the architectural and environmental aspiration of providing a building with high thermal mass and low embodied energy and CO2.

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    View of north west façade of clubhouse & hotel - the airfield is situated in sloping grassland on the edge of the village of Bagby, in the Vale of York
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    At first, the drive meanders through tree-lined pastures. When it does emerge through the tree belt on the northern edge of the field the clubhouse is at the opposite end of a formal garden. The apron is concealed by the house
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    View of south east façade of clubhouse and hotel - bedroom wing to the left, service wing to the right & salon in the centre
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    Ground floor plan - service wing to the left & bedroom wing to the right. Loggia, forecourt, hall and salon in the centre
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    North west façade
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    South east façade
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    South west façade
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    North east façade
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    Reception hall with salon on left, bedroom ahead and forecourt to the right. Exposed rammed earth walls are similar to sedimentary rock deposits. Like concrete, the surface can be finished with tooling or left smooth
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    Section through bedrooms, hall & service wing (top); section through loggia, forecourt, hall & salon (bottom)
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    Hall, looking through to salon, apron and runway. Rammed earth walls regulate the internal relative humidity and improve indoor air quality
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    Lower ground floor bedroom hallway with circular aperture to daylit room above, with glimpse back up to reception hall
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    Clubhouse seen from south with bedroom wing in the foreground - the scheme proposes an architecture of earth, concrete and glass, of skies and fields, of clouds and light


  • Appointment: 2007
  • Area: 1,504m2
  • Budget: £3.5m
  • Sustainable credentials: Rammed earth walls excavated from site
  • Client: Bagby Airfield
  • Services Engineer: ZEF UK
  • Structural Engineer: Jane Wernick Associates
  • Quantity Surveyor: Stockdale
  • Landscape Architect: Landscape Projects
  • : Competition, First Place


  • Chris Foges, ‘Rammed earth revival’, in: Architecture Today EcoTech Supplement (18 November 2008), pp.32–33
  • ‘Bagby Airfield takes off as design goes to ground’, in: Building Design (17 October 2008), p.4
  • ‘Bagby Airfield takes off with Airfield Hotel’, in: Architects' Journal (30 August 2008), pp.14–15
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