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The new exhibition and function space plus offices for the Rutland Agricultural Society (RAS) is an agriculturally inspired group of contemporary buildings in a countryside setting.
The project includes an attached clubhouse and changing rooms for Oakham Rugby Club and a detached pavilion of separate changing facilities for Royce Rangers Amateur Football Club.
The principle aim of the project was to allow the RAS to re-establish The Rutland Show at a location within easy reach of Oakham.
The RAS wanted to bring its Rutland County Show away from Burleigh House, where it had been held for a number of years, and to return it close to the county town of Oakham. Annual attendance at the show had been declining.
The design of the new building was a complex and intricate balancing act, including a planning wish for a design that did not look like a leisure and sports complex but was sympathetic to the rural location.
The building takes its inspiration from the form and proportions of a grain barn; a lofty, double-height central space with a floor inserted in the gable end.
The primary aim of bolstering attendance at the Rutland Show has already been more that achieved. Attendance at the 2014 show was three times that at Burleigh House in 2013.
Architects LE1 Ltd
The Rutland Showground
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