Woodhead Heritage receives industry recognition for conservation work at Bolsover Castle,
The construction team at Woodhead Heritage was highly commended at the 2014 National Federation of Builders Awards for its re-interpretation project for English Heritage at Bolsover Castle, rewarding months of dedication and hard work on site at the Derbyshire tourist attraction. The team completed the reinstatement of historic crenellation to the wall walk, including newly designed and erected metal balustrades and handrails.
For the first time in over 250 years, adventurers can now stride along Cavendish’s catwalk – the previously perilous wall-walk circling the Fountain Garden, where the cavalier and his aristocratic friends once promenaded to see and be seen. Effectively a wide elevated terrace and now repaired and complete with restored crenellations and obelisks, the walk gives panoramic views across distant countryside and into the garden below as it was meant to be seen 400 years ago.
Simon Butler, Heritage and Conservation Manager at Woodhead Heritage, the contractors responsible for the complex conservation work, said: “It is our job to safeguard the future of historical buildings and conserve these significant monuments and listed sites for the future. “Winning this award was a real affirmation of the hard work the conservation team put into the project for English Heritage. We’re pleased to hear how many people have already been to see this fantastic visitor attraction and are enjoying the finished results.”
English Heritage launched the £1.3million pound project to put the personality back into the ‘Little Castle’ and in the six months since re-opening it has received magnificent feedback and has seen over 60,000 visitors promenade along the newly opened wall-walk. It has also safeguarded and enhanced the future of the Castle as a key visitor attraction and in turn will help boost the local tourism economy.
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