Take one last look


One last glimpse of the old Exhibition Hall as demolition begins to make way for a new one. 

We are delighted to be working once again with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS).  This week saw the start of the demolition of Exhibition Hall 1 to make way for a new building at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

The new Hall will offer a clear, versatile space of 4,320m2 to suit a wide range of events from blue chip company conferences to large dinners and exhibitions or sporting events. It will also offer a café, large foyer, offices and dedicated workshop/seminar space; all set in a stunning location on the edge of Harrogate. The building adjoins an existing hall, giving a total area of 6,270m2

The site is well known as the venue for the UK’s premier annual rural showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show, which attracts 132,000 visitors over three days.  In the other months of the year, it is also used for a wide variety of other events from weddings and conferences through to the Harrogate Spring and Autumn Flower Shows.  

Heather Parry, Deputy Chief Executive of YAS said: “We are delighted to be starting work on such an exciting project, the largest in our organisation’s history. There’s so much potential in this development for us, our region and beyond.  The economic impact that events on the Showground generate per annum is currently £47m – this new project will see this figure increase significantly.  

To ensure existing business continues we have hired a DeBoer Structure to create a temporary exhibition venue– so it will be business as usual while the build goes on.”

“We have a beautiful location, which lends itself perfectly to a range of events and the new Hall will become the jewel in our crown.  This highly specified building, set in attractive grounds on the outskirts of Harrogate, with extensive free parking is going to put us firmly on the events map.” 

The contract for the new building was won by Yorkshire based Clugston Construction Ltd who have over 50 years of award-winning,building experience throughout the region. 

Paul Gouland, marketing director at Clugston Construction, commented “Being selected to deliver this exciting project on such a historic site is a great thrill. We look forward to continuing the relationship we have established with Heather Parry and her team during the design and development stage and working with our supply chain to build the new events hall for next summer”

Adrian Taylor, Technical Director of P+HS Architects commented ” We are delighted to be working with YAS again; Heather Parry and her team are positive and passionate in their determination to deliver the very best facilities in the region, and if our previous work with them is any indication, we know that the new exhibition hall will be a resounding success.  We’re also looking forward to developing our relationship with Clugston Construction Ltd who have such a strong reputation for high quality work.