York Potash Mine 

We won the commission to design the above-ground works for the new York Potash mine in a limited RIBA-run competition in 2012.

Client  York Potash Limited
Location  Whitby, North Yorkshire


  • Architectural design

This new state-of-the-art mine south of Whitby, North Yorkshire will be the first purpose built potash mine in the UK for over 40 years and the first in the North Yorkshire Moors. We have designed the above-ground buildings at the Dove’s Nest Farm site and the emergency access buildings along the underground conveyor belt.

A two-storey Welfare Building for mine workers at Doves Nest Farm has a softer, more humane feel for benefit of the workers who spend their shifts underground. A glazed southern façade with timber louvres controls daylight entering the building and light emissions from the building during the hours of darkness.

A single storey gatehouse will sit adjacent to the Welfare Building and monitors and controls access to the welfare compound and the mining operations beyond. Designed as a modern interpretation of the local vernacular agricultural buildings, the proposed buildings will be screened and disguised within the reformed landscape to make the buildings as discreet as possible in this area of outstanding natural beauty minimising both their visual and environmental impact.