Martin Ashley Architects have been appointed to a major new conservation and interpretation project at Newark Castle. Nestled in the depths of Nottinghamshire this magnificent Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument will undergo urgent repairs and other work to develop the site into a must see historical visitor attraction.
The project will broadly centre around the nationally important 12th century Gatehouse, with the aim to help improve the overall circulation of the site. A new set of gates and ‘moat bridge’ will be added to the north entrance of the castle to allow easier access from Newark town centre.
Improvements to the Castle Gatehouse will include reinserted floors, roof and roof top viewing deck as well as 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 a significant income to ensure the sustainability of the monument, but will hopefully help future generations maintain a connection with this classic piece of English history.