Banks Farm, Barholm wins a major LABC award

Hereward Homes is proud to announce that it has won a major regional LABC award for its Bank’s Farmyard development in Barholm, near Stamford. The award was given for ‘building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship’. As a regional winner for the East Midlands, the development is now shortlisted for the prestigious LABC Grand Final which takes place in January 2023 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

The LABC selected the Bank’s Farmyard as the ‘Best Small New Housing Development’ after a rigorous judging process which looked at the overall design, construction quality, environmental impacts, waste management/recycling, health and safety, approach to overcoming problems on site and how the company worked alongside LABC inspectors.

Banks Farm in Barholm is the second phase of the development of a former farmyard. The neighbouring first phase comprised mainly of renovated historic agricultural buildings. Phase 2 is new build and was designed to draw on the site’s heritage by recreating the feel of an agricultural courtyard surrounded by barn-style buildings all within the existing curtilage. Unusually (due to their greater footprint and land cost) it includes 3 one storey properties. These are rarely built in the area and it was felt that this was an important design decision as it could enable older residents, or those with mobility issues, to live within the village.

The selling landowners, village residents and planners stipulated that the development must be of the highest design and build quality, and that it should complement the local architectural style of the area. Our team sourced local traditional materials such as natural quarried stone, blue slate and oak to ensure the development blended in with its surroundings. Despite the traditional look of the scheme, it also embraced the future, with eco features such as airsource heat pumps and underfloor heating. The outside environment was also kept front of mind and many existing hedges and trees were retained and combined with new planting to give the development an established feel.

All the properties were sold quickly on the open market and the company has received many positive comments from new homeowners, village residents and the former landowners. Hereward Homes managing director, Jon Gibbison, commented “our design and construction team worked closely with third party contractors, planners and LABC team to deliver a new development that we can all be proud of. Some of the construction phase took place during Covid, so we had to adapt our practices and adopt safe ways of working, such as phasing trades on site and spreading out the team across the site. This is the third time we have won a major LABC award and it reflects the hard work that our team have consistently delivered over many years. It gives me immense pride to know that the LABC judging panel are inspired by our approach and passion for developing high quality, unique developments in town and country locations.”

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