Stableyard Building Project
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. A major project to restore and convert this area has changed that and is now, once again, an integral part of the Hardwick estate.
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.
As part of the project, the Stableyard buildings were fully restored before their conversion into their new uses, made possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 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.
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 series of Channel 4’s Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year programme. Hardwick featured 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.