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New store and dining spaces for Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens has opened a new visitor centre, with revised retail space, restaurant and café, by Kinnersley Kent Design.

The attraction, managed by Historic Royal Palaces, reopened earlier this year after a five year, £24m refurbishment programme. The Georgian house has undergone a sensitive refurbishment, as have its gardens, as part of a bid to broaden its appeal to wider audiences. A new learning centre has also been created.

Kinnersley Kent worked worked with lead architect Consarc, in a project that included master planning, feasibility studies, and design of bespoke fixtures, as well as the interior design of the retail and dining spaces.

“Following a series of successful projects across Historic Royal Palaces we welcomed Kinnersley Kent Design’s tender for the design on two of our new builds at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.  The designs in both the Lower Courtyard Visitor Centre and Stable Yard Tearoom are fitting of a heritage site whilst also being light and modern as well as versatile,” says Gina George of Historic Royal Palaces.

“The major project involved a mix of creative, practical and strategic thinking to define the new visitor journey. Working closely with Historic Royal Palaces, we designed a range of welcoming spaces including inviting dining and retail options to appeal to both locals and tourists. The significant location required unique design solutions, so our team designed bespoke furniture and fittings that reflect the craftsmanship, heritage and beauty of Hillsborough Castle,” says Kinnersley Kent Design partner Glenn Kinnersley.

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