Stableyard Building Project

The Great Barn roof repairs getting underway

Hardwick Hall is widely recognised as one of the great surviving examples of Elizabethan architecture in the UK. However, few visitors to the Hall previously ventured to the south of the site far enough to see the south and west ranges of the Stableyard.

The stables have served the hall for centuries, and the architecturally impressive buildings of the Stableyard’s south range can be read as a reflection of the way in which the Hall’s livery has been serviced and the way in which the estate’s farmland has been managed.

The Stables Shop before restoration
The Stables Shop before restoration

As part of the project, the Stableyard buildings were fully restored before their conversion into their new uses. The design has ensured that the remaining historic features within the buildings were retained so that the original use of the buildings is evident. The project also enabled the provision of better facilities for visitors, as well as being able to tell the story of these important estate buildings.

The Great Barn Restaurant mezzanine after the restoration and conversion
The Great Barn Restaurant mezzanine after restoration and conversion

In 2016, the Hardwick Stableyard Project won a prestigious RICS Award; a Building Conservation award for ‘Revitalising the Stableyard’. The awards were established to celebrate the inspirational initiatives across the built environment.

Denise Edwards, General Manager said, ‘It’s a privilege for us to win such a prestigious award and it was great to share the evening with our, Project Manager, architects Rodney Melville & Partners and Croft - conservation specialists, who worked on the building project’.

Following the success at the RICS awards, the project was put forward to feature in the current series of Channel 4’s Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year programme. Hardwick features in episode three - From 13th to 16th Century Restorations, alongside other nominees, including Hampton Court Palace, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea and a lost medieval building in Ledbury, which aired on Thursday 6 April 2017.