By Lucy Thompson

The Hide wins Design Excellence Award at the Berkhamsted Citizens Association Annual Environment Awards

We are delighted to announce The Hide has received the 2022 Berkhamsted Citizens’ Environment award for Design Excellence.

The Citizens’ award is given annually since its introduction in 1980, and is presented to any outstanding development, building or garden that is judged to have contributed and significantly enhanced the environment of the town.

The Hide was crowned from a shortlist of 12 properties and commended by a panel of judges for its originality and innovative design that compliments the surrounding vernacular. In particular it was noted as an example of how contemporary architecture can sit so comfortably next to important historic architecture, in this instance the Grade II* listed Great Barn next door.

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“It has been a privilege and pleasure to work alongside the expert team at HollandGreen, our own project team and of course our fantastic clients on the build of The Hide.

We are very proud to have been able to bring such exceptional architectural designs to life, and delighted with the positive response of the Berkhamsted community.

The importance of working with consideration for the environment and our local communities is core to the Barr Group values, making this Berkhamsted Citizens Environment Award all the more rewarding.”

David Noonan, Director, Barr Group

About The Hide

The Hide is a contemporary, industrial-style family home perched on a steeply sloping site overlooking the beautiful Frithsden valley.

A refined selection of reclaimed materials are at the heart of the building’s unique character – with industrial Corten steel accents and Crittal windows framing the countryside surrounds, while Chiltern red brick and black timber cladding provide a modern take on the traditional building materials of the local area.

The project was the result of a collaboration between the HollandGreen Architecture and Interior Design teams, marrying a sustainable approach with beautifully contemporary details, and brought to life in partnership with the skilled construction team at Barr Build.

“We are thrilled that The Hide has been recognised as a building of exceptional design by the Berkhamsted community.  Our designs sought to create a contemporary, light-filled new home, taking advantage of the incredible views over the valley but equally sitting sensitively alongside the next-door Grade II* listed Great Barn – bringing new, without detracting from the old.

Hearing the judges’ comments that The Hide’s architectural merit and sense of place elevates the wider Berkhamsted environment and plays a positive part in the community, is something we are very proud of.”

Ben Holland, Partner, HollandGreen

What next?

See more on The Hide, or view our other awards and recognition here.

HollandGreen are a multi-disciplinary luxury architecture and design studio based in Oxfordshire, working on award-winning projects across the CotswoldsLondonSurreyOxfordshireBuckinghamshire and Berkshire.

We design contemporary new builds, barn conversions and sensitive heritage renovations. Our in-house architecture, interior design and landscape design teams work holistically together to create timeless, thoughtfully designed homes and gardens of distinction. Explore our portfolio or learn more about what we do.