SBID members triumph at the coveted UK Property Awards
It was a night of major celebration for Yorkshire Post Columnists and interior design consultancy Jamie Hempsall Ltd as the United Kingdom’s premier interior designers gathered at The Lancaster London Hotel, Hyde Park, London on Friday October 28th.
Companies were there to hear the announcement of the winners of the hotly contested UK Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television and Google; the world’s most prestigious property competition.
SBID Members Jamie Hempsall Ltd not only won Best Leisure Interior for Nottinghamshire for Barkers Restaurant at Clumber Park, but then beat all other competition to win Best Leisure Interior for the UK.
Richard Bond, Managing Director, said, “We are still reeling from the excitement of it all and the realisation that a local company and a local project have been judged to be the best in the UK. There was some sensational competition which makes it an even greater accolade for us.”
Jamie Hempsall Ltd was approached last year to develop the design for the National Trust’s first-ever fine dining restaurant. Located in an idyllic setting at the heart of Clumber Park, Barkers Restaurant, serves delicious cuisine in historic surroundings. It is situated within the former Head Gardener’s House, overlooking the Walled Kitchen Garden. The seasonal menu uses local ingredients, many grown in Clumber’s Walled Kitchen Garden.
Jamie Hempsall, Design Director, is rightly enthusiastic about the project, “We created a classic, contemporary design that feels as though you have been invited into someone’s rather comfortable home. It was a brave concept for the National Trust team who briefed us not to develop a historic recreation. We have used sumptuous fabrics and wallpapers from British designers such as Osborne & Little, Zoffany and Designers Guild to create a luxurious, yet warm, welcoming feel. There are a few little design surprises about the place, which we have been pleased to hear from the staff receive gasps of delight when discovered”.
Beth Dawson, General Manager for the National Trust in Nottinghamshire said: ‘Barkers has breathed new life into this elegant former Head Gardener’s house and is a wonderful celebration of how contemporary design can enhance our built heritage. All the work at Barkers has been carried out by local contractors and showcases the best of craftsmanship. It’s great to receive this award and it is testimony that we have created something special for everyone.’
The restaurant serves morning coffee, lunches, afternoon teas and evening meals on a Friday and Saturday and has just been named 12th in the Times 30 Best Places for Sunday Lunch.
President of the International Property Awards, Stuart Shield, says, “I enjoy having the chance to meet some of the UK’s finest interior designers who, in spite of facing real market challenges, have been able not only to meet them but also to excel over them.”
The team at Jamie Hempsall Ltd are now on tenterhooks as the project progresses forward as the UK entry for the International Property Awards that take place on 12th December at the Savoy in London.