Hotel’s orangery is awarded civic prize after restoration

Kettering mayor Duncan Bain presents the 2014 Rose Bowl Award to Barton Hall
Kettering mayor Duncan Bain presents the 2014 Rose Bowl Award to Barton Hall

A hotel has been presented with a local award for its contribution to the civic scene in Kettering.

Barton Hall was announced as the winner of Kettering Civic Society’s annual Rose Bowl in a ceremony earlier this month.

The award was presented by Kettering mayor Duncan Bain. The civic society’s president Lady Freeman, and her husband – former Kettering MP Lord Freeman – were also present.

The hotel and restaurant was commended by the society for the restoration of the 16th-century Grade I-listed orangery.

The Rose Bowl is awarded each year to the designer, builder or owner of a building or landscape which has been completed within the past 12 months and which is deemed to make an outstanding contribution to the civic scene locally.

Previous winners have included the William Knibb mosaic in the Newlands Centre and Kettering Conference Centre.

The civic society, which was founded in the late 1960s, aims to encourage high standards of architecture and planning in Kettering as well as engendering a sense of civic pride within the town’s residents.