BikeBay on the Stray

In July, the Tour de France starts its journey in Yorkshire. The North Yorkshire Society of Architects invited local primary school children to take part in an innovative design contest to mark the event.


July 4 2014 • 10.00am
July 6 2014 • 6.00pm


RIBA Architruck, Tour de France Fan Park, West Park Stray, Harrogate, Harrogate



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How would you design a bicycle stand to celebrate the world’s biggest cycle race coming to your town?

This is the question North Yorkshire Society of Architects asked 666 local primary school children aged between 8 and 11 years in architectural workshops that resulted in a design competition.

An exhibition of the imaginative entries sees shelters shaped like bicycle helmets, giant Yorkshire puddings squirting out gravy and a solitary sheep standing in a field of white Yorkshire roses.

10 year old William Hunt’s winning design inspired by the steep terrain of the Yorkshire Dales, fabricated at full size by Stage One the Yorkshire based company who built the 2012 Olympic Cauldron, will stand proudly next to the exhibition.

RuthJamesTimwithWilliamHunt William Hunt with his winning design (from left: Ruth Donnelly from doma architects,
James Mate (chair of NYSA), Will and Tim Leigh from Stage One

We also invite you to take inspiration from the children’s work, explore your own imagination, encapsulate the spirit of Yorkshire and respond to the excitement surrounding this momentous occasion by designing your very own BikeBay! Architects will be available to give you a helping hand.

For more information on the project visit   or email Ruth Donnelly at

You can visit the exhibition at:

RIBA Architruck, Tour de France Fan Park presented by Nuffield Health, West Park Stray, Harrogate on Friday 04 July 2014 10am – 4pm / Sat 05 + Sun 06 July 10am – 6pm. Admission is free.

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