Significant renovation works at Nottingham’s famous landmark, the Ducal Palace, are progressing well and 15km of scaffold tubing has now been removed to make way for the next stage of restoration at the historic site.
Works to the Palace until this point have involved stripping back and returning the site to its original 1870s state, including the removal of the roof following a number of modifications since the 19th century.
The original Ducal Palace building burnt down in 1831 and was rebuilt in 1875 and later opened as a gallery in 1878.
Once complete, the Ducal Palace will be home to brand-new Robin Hood and Rebellion galleries and a showcase of the Castle’s array of fine and decorative art collections.
It will also feature interactive stations for archery enabling visitors to experience the Castle’s rich history in an interactive fashion.
The Castle grounds will be remodelled and access to the impressive cave network hidden within the Castle rock will be improved. It is expected to attract around 350,000 visitors in its first year.
Richard Oldfield, project manager at G F Tomlinson said: “The removal of the scaffolding marks another major milestone in the redevelopment of Nottingham Castle. This is an iconic yet complex development, so each step forward is a major victory.
The temporary works have been key for the overall development – if it was not for the scaffolding and temporary roof, the building would have been at great risk of damage from the weather, so the extensive works have been worthwhile.”
“The Ducal Palace forms a large part of the redevelopment works and G F Tomlinson is proud to be a part of its restoration, taking the historic building back to its original fabric to present it how it was 140 years ago, which is essential to bring the Castle back to its former glory and transform it into a world class visitor centre.”
Nottingham City Council portfolio holder for leisure and culture, Councillor Dave Trimble said: “The impressive scaffold wrapping the Castle for the last twelve months has been something of a landmark on the Nottingham skyline.
“Now works on the roof are complete, people will definitely notice its disappearance, marking a significant step towards finishing the transformation of the Castle as we move towards re-opening next year.”