Gleeds appointed on £24M Nottingham Castle Redevelopment
Gleeds has been appointed to cost manage the redevelopment of Nottingham Castle into a world class heritage site and tourist destination.
Having secured £12.9M from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in 2014, Nottingham City Council is now one step closer to commencing the £24M project. The scheme involves the construction of a new welcome and ticketing foyer, refurbishment of the ‘castle experience’ centre and art gallery, installation of new lifts from the castle caves and minor repairs to the castle itself.
The site has English Heritage ‘Scheduled Ancient Monument’ status and is Grade I listed, making sensitively managed construction work paramount. Challenges facing the project delivery team include safely installing modern mechanical and electrical equipment into Nottingham’s medieval caves, without damaging their structural integrity.
Gleeds will draw on its experience in managing HLF schemes - including Buxton Crescent, Derby Roundhouse and Peterborough Cathedral - to support the Council’s appointment and management of specialist tradesmen and craft experts.
Martin Hall, Gleeds Director in charge of Heritage, said: “This project presents us with some interesting technical challenges. Our priority will be advising the Council on how to manage the risk and cost implications that come with them. As an approved English Heritage supplier we have a great deal of experience in delivering construction works within very specific and demanding requirements. We feel well placed to help all project stakeholders achieve their aspirations for the scheme.”
The firm has previously delivered heritage schemes including the redevelopment of Nottingham’s Railway Station and Playhouse, as well as the iconic Café Royal and St Pancras Renaissance hotels in London.