The following evening the Barn won both the Commercial and Building Conservation categories of the RICS 2019 awards and went on to win The Project of the Year 2019 award; sending us to the nationals in October!
The highly acclaimed 'Project of the Year' title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.
The RICS judges called the barn a “stand-out” winner and praised its transformation from a dusty, cluttered store into a single space which reveals the “cathedral-like” roof structure and is now one of the finest wedding barn venues in the country.
“We are thrilled to win,” said Ben Heyes, Director of the Bolton Abbey Estate. “It took five years to do all the necessary research and planning work, since the Barn is a Grade II* Listed Building and Scheduled Monument in a Conservation Area in a National Park.
The RICS judges commented saying that “the success of the Great Barn is not only down to the sympathetic and sensitive restoration to reveal the building’s majestic interior, but it has also been a great commercial success in generating an excellent income stream which adds value to the Bolton Abbey Estate.”
“This is great news,” added Mark Henriques, Head of Cripps. “The barn is a magnificent building in the most stunning setting, and many have kindly said it must be the finest wedding barn venue in the north. We are absolutely delighted to be the operator, and to make this marvellous building accessible to so many.”
The stunning building has achieved well deserved recognition for its impressive contribution to architecture and the preservation of history through building fabric.