Nottingham Castle Transformation Project secures National Lottery Funding
Gleeds assists Nottingham City Council in securing a £13.9M grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to transform Nottingham Castle.
Complementing a wider scheme to develop the southern gateway of the city centre, the Nottingham Castle Transformation Project involves the creation of new galleries dedicated to Robin Hood, Nottingham’s famous outlaw, and the story of rebellion in the city. The gatehouse and palace galleries are to be restored, alongside remodelled and landscaped grounds which will include a new adventure play area and visitor centre and an improved experience of the caves and of Brewhouse Yard Cottages which are situated at the foot of the Castle rock.
Pre-construction work has been underway since 2013, when Nottingham City Council successfully submitted a bid to the HLF to begin plans for the transformation of the site. Gleeds is providing cost management services for the scheme, and will be drawing on its experience as an approved English Heritage supplier to deliver the construction works on this Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed project. Construction work is due to begin late next year, and will be one of the most significant heritage regeneration projects in the UK to date.
Anthony Cork, Gleeds director for Nottingham, commented: “It is fantastic news that the Castle Transformation Project has secured funding. Not only will it revitalise Nottingham’s rich 1,000 year history, but increase the number of visitors to the city, helping to boost the local economy and bring further investment to the region.”
Cllr Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “We’re delighted with this news and very grateful that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given the scheme their vote of confidence. Securing this funding means we can push on with the next phase of the scheme. We look forward to delivering this major project which is so significant for our City, for tourism, and our economy and is a source of pride for the people of Nottingham.”
Construction work is due to complete by early 2020.