Hardwick Barns have won the 2010 Daily Telegraph Buildability Award for Best Small Conversion Project of the Year. This recent success can be added to a growing list of accolades for the project – the barns picked up the Premier Guarantees Quality Award in 2009 and were also shortlisted for the Channel 4 Grand Designs Best Conversion award in the same year.
The design of the scheme near Stratford on Avon adopted a simple approach with natural materials and traditional building techniques. The scheme incorporated green heating and hot water and extremely high levels of insulation and thermally efficient windows and doors. Rainwater is recycled and waste water treated on site and resultant potable water returned to a reservoir for irrigation.
The scheme was also commended by the Local Authority Conservation team.