Hylton Castle, a Grade I Listed building and Scheduled Monument, was recently restored and repurposed in an award-winning development, as a chance to make it a part of the surrounding, local communities that it serves. The project aimed to breathe new life to the historic, ancient building, which serves as a focal point to many.
The castle has been left standing, abandoned and unloved, since the 1960’s, and has since been repaired to high conservation standards. BDN were appointed, as part of a Multi-Discipline team, as part of the conservation of the 14th Century building.
BDN designed a new internal steel frame for the Castle, alongside assisting in the conservation of the historic masonry, stairway, alcoves, turrets and ornamental stonework. The new steel frame inside the building allowed for construction of new floors, a lift shaft, interior fittings and a new concrete staircase to each level.
The redevelopment transformed the 14th Century Gatehouse into a heritage led multi-functional space with a learning centre, café, exhibition, and flexible events space for community and educational use.
The project won the Conservation and Regeneration award at both the Constructing Excellence Regional and National Awards, in 2020. The significance behind the restoration symbolises that it is very much a Castle in the Community, and remains a nationally important heritage asset.
(Images by Beaumont Brown Architects via Hylton Castle, A Heritage Led Visitor Centre located in the heart of the local community. « Beaumont Brown Architects )