Monday, 23 March 2015 13:00

Hylton Castle Renovation

S&CC Ltd worked with Beaumont Brown Architects to provide structural advice for the renovation of Hylton Castle in Sunderland - the shell of a three-storey C14th gate house.

As part of the Hylton Castle Redevelopment Project, the client, Sunderland City Council, wanted to record and analyse the historic fabric of the castle which is under the guardianship of Historic England and currently on their ‘At Risk’ Register. It is planned that repairs to the ruined castle should bring it back into use by the local community as a visitor centre, with the key priority of saving the structure from continuing vandalism.

Discussions about the eventual redevelopment approach are still on-going. Early in the project, S&CC Ltd exploited their expertise in the use of traditional timber design to recommend sympathetic timber restoration, as well as conservation of as much of the historic fabric as possible. The current approach from the combined team of Conservation officers, Architects, and Historic England advisers has preferred a modern intervention without restoration of any internal structure, but with a hidden roof to provide weather-proofing of the vulnerable structure.

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