It’s been a hectic week at Stag Towers with the Magna Carta Vault!
Hectic normally just means busy, and busy almost certainly means our clients are getting the coverage and credit they deserve for their projects and services.
We’ve definitely been busy this week with our client, Robert Woodhead Ltd. The construction firm’s conservation arm, Woodhead Heritage, held a ‘topping out’ ceremony on Thursday 29th May to mark the completion of the brand new Magna Carta vault, which has been built within the historic walls of Lincoln Castle Prison.
Woodhead has been working for Lincolnshire County Council on its Lincoln Castle Revealed project for the past three years. Now in its fourth and final phase – the restoration of Lincoln Castle Prison – the £19.9m project is preparing a new home for its most treasured artefacts, Magna Carta (1215) and the Charter of the Forest (1217).
Security around these documents is of paramount importance. As part of the new structure, Woodhead Heritage has built a subterranean pod within the confines of the Lincoln Castle Prison building.
The vault which will be the new home of both historic documents is built to very high security standards, with a gas suppression system, state-of-the-art alarms – and of course it’s built inside a prison, behind castle walls!
Designed by the architects Arrol & Snell in conjunction with RAA Associates Interpretation Designers, the vault maintains environmentally-controlled conditions, keeping the documents preserved, while allowing visitors to view them together.
It was our job this week to get as much media coverage as we could for this huge milestone in this flagship project.
We were delighted to get a front page and page three in the Lincolnshire Echo after offering them a sneak peak at the project earlier in the week to help them meet their weekly deadline.
Our interviews with BBC Radio Lincolnshire on both the Breakfast and Drive shows were fantastic, not to mention news bulletins throughout the day.
And we were kept busy with the TV crews from BBC Look North and ITV’s Calendar, as well as coverage on the Lincolnite and later that day on Lincs FM.
Yes, it was a good day – if not a cold one for the end of May! Thanks to the fantastic team at Woodhead Heritage who put up with us all disturbing their site, and for speaking to the press, telling the story of the build so emphatically.