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Lichfield architects win RICS conservation award

Matt Faber (Conservation Technician), Adrian Mathias (Project Architect Associate Director), Chris Parkin (Technician)

Matt Faber (Conservation Technician), Adrian Mathias (Project Architect Associate Director), Chris Parkin (Technician)

A Lichfield-based architectural firm has won a prestigious award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) award.

Brownhill Hayward Brown received the Building Conservation Award for the repair and conservation of a 17th century malthouse. The building is located within the grounds of Harvington Hall, a Grade I listed Manor House in Worcestershire which dates back to the 14th century.

The architectural practice, based on Bird Street in Lichfield, is well known for it’s restoration work. This particular project was sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund and opened last Spring as a teaching and visitor centre.

Adrian Mathias, and a director with Brownhill Hayward Brown said, “This was a particularly important project for us and we are delighted that our work has been recognised by the RICS for its quality of design and workmanship.

“We have enjoyed bringing a new lease of life to this formerly redundant building, through careful conservation and sensitive conversion. The facility now significantly improves the experience of visitors to Harvington Hall.”

Also included in the scheme were upgrades to facilities including disabled access and restoration of the ground floor in the adjacent Grade II listed Georgian chapel.

Andrew Hayward managing director said: “We are extremely proud that the quality of our conservation work has been recognised in this way by the RICS. We were selected as winners from a very strong field of entries, by a very experienced and well informed panel of judges.”

Ian Pitt, RICS West Midlands Regional Chair commented: “The judges felt that the Harvington Hall conservation project has been completed to an extremely high standard and that the Malthouse building should now be considered a real asset to the Hall and its grounds. The project not only successfully retained many of the buildings original features, therefore helping preserve the integrity of the Hall, but it has also helped substantially improve the overall visitor experience.”

Brownhill Hayward Brown’s refurbishment of Bilston Town Hall was also shortlisted for a conservation award. The ceremony was held at Stonebridge Golf Club, Meriden.

Harvington HallThe interior of the Malthouse

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