The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber

Calls Architecture have won planning permission and listed building consent to extend the longest listed building in England, at the Ropewalk, Barton Upon Humber.

The 323 metre long, Grade II listed Ropewalk was developed as an arts centre by the Waterside Artists Cooperative in 2000.  At the north end of the building is Ropery Hall, a small scale venue for film, theatre, comedy and music.  The proposals will see the creation of a new front-of-house foyer, bar and box office facility for the enlarged performance venue.  The Ropewalk building was used to manufacture rope from 1800 until the Ropeworks finally closed in 1989.

The new front of house facilities create a distinct and contemporary addition to the original Ropewalk, allowing a clear reading of the new and the old, and clarity of the original building length. The offset plan form creates a visual definition of the building length in views from the south, whilst retaining views of the original gable and preserving the original rail tracks in a new external courtyard. 

From the new mezzanine floor, visitors will be able to experience unique views to the Humber Bridge and across the longest pantiled roof in Europe.