Rievaulx Abbey – English Heritage

Project Info

SIMPSON completed the £1.8million redevelopment at Rievaulx Abbey in the North York Moors for English Heritage.

The project saw the creation of a new Visitors’ Centre and Café, as well as improvements to the existing museum facilities.  A patio area was also created to facilitate outdoor dining.

Original materials were restored and incorporated within the new structure in order to complement the surroundings.

The scope of works included:

  • Partial demolition of the existing ticket office.
  • Construction of a new reception building.
  • Structural alterations and refurbishment of museum building.
  • Service installation and the upgrade of main connections / existing services.
  • External landscaping including the creation of a patio dining area.
  • Refurbishment of the existing WC building and School House.
  • Drainage and external works to the whole site.


Liz Page, historic properties director for English Heritage in the North, said ” The new museum, café and visitor centre certainly achieves the new visitor experience and we are proud to open the doors to one of our most prestigious sites .  The team involved have worked hard and the elegant museum, which is now an excellent space, tells a better story, while being able to showcase previously unseen artefacts.” 


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