Make like Tour de Yorkshire, lad (and lasses)

Make Architects’ sportive hits God’s own country

Make like Tour de Yorkshire, lad (and lasses)

Make Architects held its now annual cycle ride with friends and clients on Friday 5 October, generously providing a 114km loop around Yorkshire after hosting a dinner at the Hiscox building it designed in York, the night before.

The ride, which was led by Just Pedal and took in some of the sights of the rolling, picturesque, albeit a bit wet Howardian Hills, covered much of the same ground as the Tour de France riders did back in 2014, only a bit slower. This included the group of around 30 travelling through the splendid Gatehouse at Castle Howard, originally a pyramid arch designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1718.

On the evening before, the guests were treated to dinner at the Hiscox building, a scheme designed by Make Architects for its insurance clients, featuring 4,400 cubic metres of concrete, much of which sinuously weaves around a grand triple-height atrium. And in that atrium stands a 'peace' rocket (obviously) the Hypersonic 'Kholod' developed by the Americans and Russians, and bought at an auction by company owner Richard Hiscox, and accompanying the other extensive artworks lining the building's walls.

Make boss Ken Shuttleworth and architect George Guest described the project and how it made references to some of York's historic fabric, allowing the company's sales staff to enjoy a distinctive workplace that also features a roof terrace with views of the Minster and a brick weave facade that references the former hay and wool market that existed on the site until the 1820s.