May 2018

Newark Castle; new major interpretation to go underway

Martin Ashley Architects have been appointed for a major new conservation and interpretation project for the great Norman Gatehouse at Newark Castle in Nottinghamshire, known as where the controversial monarch King John died in 1216. This outstanding Scheduled Ancient Monument and Grade I listed structure will undergo far reaching repairs and reinstatement to help develop the site into a significant visitor destination at the gateway to this ancient historic town.

The project will centre on the nationally significant 12th century Gatehouse and the North West Tower, with the aim to help improve the overall visitor circulation and experience of this outstanding site. Improvements to the Gatehouse will include reinserted floors, roof and roof top viewing deck, and new ground level gates. A new visitor reception area will be created improve access throughout the building, alongside new space for permanent exhibitions and visitor interpretation. By reinstating the first and second floors of the tower, visitors will be able to explore the entire building for the first time in several centuries.

This regeneration project, subject to funding, will not only help to generate significant income to ensure the sustainability of the monument, but also greatly improve the connection of future generations with this remarkable chapter in English history.

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