New visitor facilities project wins prestigious RIBA East Award for architecture and conservation

​Thursday 18th May 2017

Hopkins Architects, the architectural company behind the new visitor facilities project at Holkham, has won a prestigious RIBA East Award as well as the RIBA East Conservation Award. The awards were presented in recognition of the £4.5 million redevelopment project at Holkham to provide new visitor facilities. The major transformation of the former pottery factory and stables buildings has created exciting, new and improved facilities for visitors and a new events venue, The Lady Elizabeth Wing.

The awards were presented in a ceremony at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge on Thursday 18th May and recognise the best in new architectural projects throughout the region. Speaking of the project RIBA East commented “Overall the detail is of a high standard and the conversion is a clever and bold reuse of the existing buildings, giving Holkham Hall another venue of which it can be truly proud.”

The Victoria awarded highest accolade of a Gold Green Tourism Award

22nd March 2017

In 2016 The Victoria at Holkham joined ‘Green Tourism’; the largest and most established sustainable certification programme in the world. The Victoria’s aim is to achieve an outstanding commitment to working responsibly, ethically and sustainably, contributing to the community and reducing the impact on the environment whilst aiming to be accessible and inclusive to all visitors and staff.

On its first assessment The Victoria Inn has been awarded the highest accolade of a Gold Award in the awards.

The Gold Award recognises:
Achieving the highest standards of sustainability with a strong, broad ethos and excellent practices throughout.
Uses the latest technologies, from LED lighting to efficient boilers and renewables.
Efficient control of resource use and can demonstrate effective monitoring with targets for savings.
Green procurement includes sustainable fish/meat sources, a range of ethical products and working with local suppliers to provide fresh, local and often organic items.
Changes in working practices, bringing significant benefits to the business, community and supply chain.

Holkham Hall wins Hudson's Heritage Award 2017 in the Best Shopping category

Holkham Hall wins two prestigious 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards

Holkham Hall has won two of the prestigious 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards which were announced on Tuesday 14th March. Holkham picked up the awards in the categories of Best Family Day Out and Best Shopping, sponsored by Jarrold Publishing.

Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged, annual, national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experiences.

Lady Leicester said “We are delighted to have won these 2017 Hudson’s Heritage Awards. They demonstrate the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best. We are delighted to have the acknowledgment and recognition that Holkham Hall and our Gift Shop are amongst the elite of heritage attractions in the UK”.

Of the winners Sarah Greenwood, director at Hudson’s and publisher of Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens said “The finalists in 2017 showcase an amazing range of experiences just waiting for us all to enjoy at Britain’s heritage places. This year they include three World Heritage Sites but also iconic castles, public buildings, unusual gardens and stunning country houses several of which are not well known. We at Hudson’s would like to congratulate them all on setting the standards for others to follow”.

Penelope, Viscountess Cobham, CBE, Chairman of VisitEngland presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London with invited guests including owners and managers of the winning entries, representatives of the heritage tourist industry and the media. The lunch was hosted by an independent judging panel of heritage experts including Chairman Norman Hudson OBE, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue and Ken Robinson, CBE, tourism business consultant.

The photograph above shows, right to left: Viscountess Cobham, the Countess of Leicester and Margaret Chubbock of Holkham Hall.

Hudson's Heritage Awards 2017 Winner badge
Holkham Studios won the British Council for Offices East Anglia and Midlands regional award for the ‘Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace

Holkham Studios Wins Regional British Council for Offices Award

28th April 2016

Holkham Studios won the British Council for Offices East Anglia and Midlands regional award for the ‘Best Refurbished/Recycled Workplace’. The award is in recognition of a corporate or commercial building where significant works have been carried out to adapt the existing building to modern office use. No more than 49% of the net internal area of the building may be new build. The win automatically puts Holkham Studios through as an entrant in the BCO’s national awards in October 2016.

The photograph above shows, left to right, John Weston of Lucas Hickman Smith Architects; Steve Twyford, Building Manager, Holkham Estate; James Bracey, General Manager Land and property, Holkham Estate; Steve Roberts, Managing Director of Robson Construction; and Ashley Briggs of Plandescil Structural Engineers.

Holkham Emerald Wins Branston Potato Award

3rd February 2016 – Holkham Emerald Wins Branston Potato Award

Holkham Emerald recently won the Top Crop award in the best salad potato category at the Branston producer group meeting in Lincoln. Emerald’s salad potato sample of ‘Corolle’ was deemed to be the best in the category.

Branston | Potatoes are our business

Holkham is Britain's 3rd favourite historic house in the LandLove Magazine Awards 2015

4th February 2016 – Holkham is Britain’s 3rd favourite historic house in the LandLove Magazine Awards 2015.

Holkham Hall and Estate has been voted 3rd in the “Britain’s favourite historic house” category of the LandLove Magazine Awards 2015.

LandLove magazine “celebrates a more traditional way of life and the beauty of the British countryside”. The awards are voted by readers of the magazine.

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