Bicknell, Julian

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Bicknell, Julian (1945– ). English architect. His works (as Julian Bicknell & Associates) include the restoration and conversion of the C19 Old Gaol, Abingdon, Oxon., into an arts and sports centre (1972–80); alterations to the stables (1977), re-creation of the garden-hall (1980), and the design of the new library (1982–3) all at Castle Howard, Yorks.; the restoration of Bedford School, Beds., including remodelling of the Great Hall (1980–3); Henbury Rotonda, near Macclesfield, Ches. (1983–7—a new house, a convincing essay in C20 Palladianism, based on Campbell's Mereworth Castle, Kent, and Palladio's Villa Capra, Vicenza); Upton Viva, Warwicks. (1987–9—a new country-house); High Corner, Ashstead, Surrey (1987–9—a new house); and the Georgian Club, Tokyo (1994–5). He has also designed a new stable-court at Wardour Castle, Wilts. (completed 2002), based on original C18 drawings by John Wood. Among completed buildings Forbes House, Ham Common, London (1998), Redcliffe College, Chiswick, London (2000), and Royal Court House, Takasaki, Japan (2002), may be cited. His work draws on the Arts-and-Crafts, Classical, and vernacular traditions, involving close collaboration with craftsmen: good examples include the library at Cranborne Manor, Dorset (1998–2000), and alterations to and renovation of the Chertsey Museum, Surrey (completed 2003). The firm published (2000) a finely-printed monograph which shows the range of its work.


Bicknell (2000);
Musson (2002);
Powers (1987);
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