Double award for constructor

Iconic: The Conlon project

Iconic: The Conlon project

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A £6m scheme built by Preston-based Conlon Construction at the Grade II-listed Bowcliffe Hall in Wetherby triumphed against stiff competition to scoop two prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects awards.

Shortlisted alongside 10 other buildings in Yorkshire, The Blackburn Wing, a stunning copper-clad tree house, took home a RIBA 2015 Yorkshire Award.

The project’s commissioning client, Bayford Group, also picked up RIBA Yorkshire Client of the Year 2015. Both accolades were presented at an awards ceremony held at Aspire in Leeds.

The Blackburn Wing is also a finalist in three categories of the RICS awards – Regeneration, Design Through Innovation and Tourism & Leisure – challenging 10 other schemes in Yorkshire.

Designed by The Harris Partnership, the airfoil-shaped tree house at the former ancestral home of aviation pioneer Robert Blackburn, celebrates the achievements of the first Yorkshireman to design and build a powered aeroplane.

Accommodating up to 140 people, the iconic conference centre is one of only two structures to have been constructed in an area of ancient woodland.

Neil Conlon, divisional director at Conlon Construction Yorkshire, said: “The Blackburn Wing will always be a project that we’re extremely proud of. It will continue to remain at the forefront of imaginative design and quality construction.”