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LABC Awards 2014 – G9 Design

Beauchief Hall, LABC Awards 2014

G9 Design is a Sheffield based architectural practice established in 2005, by Gary Grayson, providing a wealth of experience on all aspects of the built environment.

With years of experience transforming spaces Gary has built his architectural practice in all areas of design and architecture, be it building design, interiors or landscapes. The practice offers services unique to the needs of the client ensuring that every individual design surpasses the client’s expectations, creating bespoke, beautiful and practical solutions.

G9 Design operates on a broad spectrum of projects, with clients from a wide range of sectors, including domestic, commercial, leisure and education. Also offering all aspects of design tailored to provide quality services in the design and refurbishment of properties, whether traditional or contemporary. With the skills and an established reputation Gary has expanded the practice and now has offices in North and South Yorkshire.

Having been awarded the ‘Best Domestic Project of Yorkshire and Humberside 2014’ at the LABC Awards 2014, G9 Design is exceptionally proud to be a business that delivers the promised outcome. The award was designated for providing innovative and creative solutions on the exceptional development of Beauchief Hall, located in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Owner/Director of G9 Design, Gary Grayson said:

It’s an honour and privilege to win this award; it was great news to hear and we’re really proud not only to have been nominated but especially to win it. We’re pleased that we’ve provided our clients with the best service possible and to have earned an award with our very own design and services is fantastic.”

Beauchief Hall, LABC Awards 2014


The project was completed in December 2013 and involved the conversion of Grade 2* stately home Beauchief Hall in Sheffield. Comprising of 68 rooms in total, the four storey manor house was re-converted from a former office building back to a magnificent family home. First built in the 1600’s, the house has seen numerous renovations and transformations and previously housed a hotel, leisure complex and school.

Castrads, specialists in cast iron radiators supplied all of the made to order radiators and associated fittings for Beauchief Hall.

Nick Baylis, Director of Castrads said:

“Working on Beauchief Hall was important for us because it adds to our portfolio of works on historical buildings.”

Castrads previous works include Claridge’s hotel in London, Carnegie halls in New York, Stanford University and Cambridge University.

Nick added:

“We enjoyed building a working relationship with the main contractors, Ranwood Developments, it’s always important for us to work with customers and to build a relationship, particularly in the property development industry.”

Beauchief Hall, LABC Awards 2014

The manor house along with 37 acres of parkland, with its own deer park, was purchased for an undisclosed amount thought to be in excess of £2.5m. Gary Grayson was engaged by the new owner to provide his architectural services to sympathetically refurbish and convert the building in to exceptional living space whist retaining many of the original historic features whilst working with Sheffield City Council Listed Buildings and Heritage officers. His vision won the approval of the client and the authorities and Gary then became further involved with the project, teaming up with the designated builder and between them they secured the actual building refurbishment project as Ranwood Developments Ltd.

The partnership of Sidney Bethell, an extremely experienced builder and Gary being a respected Chartered Architect made for an ideal development company. The realistic budget of £1.4m; totally updated all the services new plumbing and heating systems, all electrics renewed, communication systems and security installed. In addition many of the historic windows have also been replaced sympathetically. Completely redecorated and refurbished, impressively the whole renovation took place over a fairly short period of 14 months.

Set in its own landscape heritage grounds with lakes, Beauchief Hall’s ground floor has been converted into a private leisure complex with a cinema room, with bar, gymnasium, snooker room, table tennis room, boot room and cloakroom facilities in addition a planned swimming pool and sauna. Moving up to the first floor is the magnificent kitchen dining area, banqueting suite, breakfast room, historic panelled home office, relaxation reading room, cloakroom facilities and a marvellous grand entrance hall with a beautiful marble fireplace, leading to splendid lounge with views to the south over the formal gardens and to the west into the secret wood. Six bedrooms with luxurious ensuites and two family bathroom and two libraries are situated on the second floor, the further forth floor has another six en-suite bedrooms, a living/dining area and a large kitchen as a guest suite.

Beauchief Hall, LABC Awards 2014

Design features of the manor house include marble floors, under floor heating, designer radiators, chandeliers, bespoke carpets, oak flooring, large flat-screen smart televisions, one actually appears to be a mirror until it is turned on; all motorised blinds all adding to the luxury of the residence. The transformation from a large office unit to this magnificent residence with so many impressive elements and features is a wonderful achievement, highlighting the journey that both the building itself and the contractors involved have experienced.

Gary added:

It was a fantastic opportunity. As an architect I like working with heritage buildings and it was great to be selected for Beauchief Hall. We had a four and a half hour briefing prior to our developments to ensure successful planning and results. The client was extremely pleased with the outcome and we’ve had a lot of interest generated from the project.”

Beauchief Hall, LABC Awards 2014

Primarily G9 Design is an architectural practice and have finalised many commercial and residential projects across the UK including projects such as Costa Coffee, in Warwick University, a laboratory for West Lancashire College and training centres throughout England. Other projects include a successful number of barn conversions and numerous domestic projects, new build and extensions ranging from £20,000 to £500,000. One of the most interesting projects currently being worked on within the practice is a conversion of a building in to wedding venue and what is reported to be Europe’s Largest Shisha Lounge in Sheffield.


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