17th August 2017

The Manor House Barnard Castle in the Running for International Design Award

A major refurbishment project at Hadrian Healthcare’s The Manor House care home in Barnard Castle is a finalist in the Society of British and International Design (SBID) International Design Awards.

The £600,000+ project was designed and managed by luxury retirement specialist Bernard Interiors who also designed the original interior, completed in 2009.

The awards recognise design excellence across 14 categories in projects from around the world.

Jas Gill, managing director of Hadrian Healthcare said: “We’re absolutely delighted The Manor House is a finalist in these prestigious awards.

“The Manor House has always had a warm and welcoming feel and for the refurbishment we wanted to retain that whilst giving the main areas fresh, open plan layouts to increase the social space and to make the most of the views to the gardens.

“As well as the structural changes we have elegant new bespoke panelling, soft furnishings and furniture. The refurbished areas blend seamlessly with the original timeless design, and our residents and staff are enjoying living and working in the new surroundings.”

Morning coffee, afternoon tea and cakes are now served from a cafe bar in the main reception lounge which has exceptional views through to the gardens. This has created a social hub for residents, families and friends to spend time together. In the Chesters Suite, which is specifically designed for people living with dementia, the new combined foyer and lounge layout has created a lighter, airier space whilst retaining a domestic scale for residents to feel comfortable and relaxed. Informal activity areas such as the pantry and nursery have also been redesigned.

Jen Bernard, managing director of Bernard Interiors said: “It has been a pleasure to revisit The Manor House for this project. It was a real cumulative effort from our small but outstanding team and we take great pride in having reached this stage of the SBID awards.

“For Bernard Interiors it goes beyond just the aesthetic, it’s about creating a positive impact on the end user and how the spaces are used by the people that live and work in them. We are very much looking forward to the awards later this year.”

The Manor House Barnard Castle is one of nine finalists in the healthcare design category of the awards, assessed for their technical content and aesthetic creativity by a panel of industry experts. Now the public is invited to choose their favourite project in each category via the SBID website.

To vote for The Manor House visit www.internationaldesignexcellenceawards.com/finalist/manor-house-barnard-castle/. Voting closes on Friday 25 August at 5pm.

Another Bernard Interiors’ project is also a finalist in the ‘residential house under £1M’ category of the awards.

The award winners will be announced in October at a ceremony at The Dorchester hotel, London.

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