Alison McLellan was Project Architect for Stanton Williams on Whitby Abbey Visitor's Centre.
The centre sits on a windswept headland close to the ruins of the abbey, a popular English Heritage site. Carefully integrated within the shell
of the abandoned 17th century Banqueting House; crisp use of
steel and timber details provides
a bold contrast with the crumbling exposed brick and stone.
The centre houses interpretation of the site, a collection of archaeological finds from the abbey grounds and
a visitor's shop. The building is one element in a rearrangement of the
site that gives the abbey grounds
new dignity and removes