Nottingham Castle is set to undergo a £30m renovation to transform the site into a world-class visitor destination.
Nottingham Castle is now closed and set to reopen in 2020. It will have new build elements, sympathetic extensions, restoration and conservation work.
The headline development at the historical site will be new galleries dedicated to Robin Hood and his story of rebellion.
The development will benefit the local area. It will attract 400,000 visitors in the first year. It will increase spending in the local economy by over £90m over ten years.
The new castle will create both jobs and volunteer placements.
The development has been funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), D2N2, Nottingham Castle Trust and Nottingham City Council.
Nottingham City Council has appointed G F Tomlinson as the main contractor.
Chris Flint, Director at G F Tomlinson said: “It’s fantastic to have started work on this major restoration and development project and to have the opportunity to upgrade the visitor experience and showcase the vast history of Nottingham Castle.
“We have a track record of delivering quality restoration across the East Midlands and the company is very excited to be chosen to join the team on this amazing journey. It’s been a pleasure to reach this milestone with Nottingham City Council and its partners and we look forward to delivering this and more projects throughout the region.”
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “This is an important step forward for this exciting project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we have awarded over £14million towards the Castle’s redevelopment. We look forward to seeing the project really gather pace now with G F Tomlinson joining the delivery team and to working closely with the project team in the months to come.”
Images courtesy of Nottingham Castle Project and Purcell Architects