Work resumes on Key to the North project at Pontefract Castle
A new conservation
specialist has started work at Pontefract Castle this week.
Stone Edge North East Ltd has been appointed by Wakefield Council to complete
conservation works across the site as part of the Key to the North project at
Cllr Jacquie Speight,
Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “We are delighted to
welcome Stone Edge to Pontefract Castle. They come highly recommended and I’m
confident they have the ability to complete the project.
“Other access works have been taking place on site since May to help keep the
project moving whilst we procured a specialist company to complete the
conservation work. This has included building a path and installing railings
above the Sally Port, completing the paths from the Royal Apartments to the
Kitchen and installing a viewing platform above the Swillington Tower.
“With help from Stone Edge we aim to have the works completed and the full site
open to the public for next summer.”
Stone Edge’s Director, Adam Hickey, said: “It will be a privilege to work on a
medieval fortress of such historical significance. We are looking forward to
our project here, and to returning the castle to the people of Pontefract in
great shape for the future.”
From today, the on-site café has also closed and the Council is currently
looking at options to reopen the café facility in the New Year. In the
meantime, visitors can use the café space as a picnic area between 11am and 3pm
daily and it is hoped that refreshment options will be available from the
Castle shop soon.
The £3.5 million Key to the North project is funded by the Heritage Lottery
Fund (HLF), English Heritage, EPaC landfill charity, the Wolfson Foundation and
Wakefield Council. It resulted in a new visitor centre opening in June last
year and will eventually see the castle being taken off the At Risk register
when conservation works to the monument are completed.