Highcliffe Castle – completed images of the newly restored Penleaze Wing.

We have recently completed a major 18 month renovation and restoration of Highcliffe Castle’s Penleaze Wing, which has seen the Grade 1 listed building have access opened up to parts of the castle previously impassable for over 50 years, since devastating fires and vandalism destroyed and cut off parts of the building.

The castle’s original kitchen dating from the 1800shas been reinstalled, with original stone floors being re-laid along with new concrete ground slabs.  Existing retained solid floors have been overlaid and new oak flooring to key rooms has been installed along with underfloor heating.  Existing exposed brickwork and remaining original wall and ceiling finishes have been carefully conserved.  Previously repaired windows and doors have been sympathetically overhauled and repairs to a remaining stone staircase have been skilfully completed. The works have also seen the extension of upper level stairs with timber, and the formation of 2 new lift shafts and 5 new or restored stairs.   A mezzanine level walkway has been completed, and new steel stairs extending to the first and second floor. The Castle has also benefitted from the installation of all new mechanical and electrical services to the Phase 7 areas.

Greendale’s renovation works also revealed a previously hidden well in the kitchen area, which has now been made safe and incorporated into the design of the completed works for public viewing.


New exhibition and activity spaces have been created along with a new conservation studio, opening in September 2019, which will now enable an internationally important collection of stained glass, originally started by Lord Stuart de Rothesay, to be restored and displayed.  The castle will also be able to welcome back some original pieces of Marshal Ney furniture from the Victoria & Albert Museum which was originally bought by Lord Stuart de Rothesay to furnish the English Embassy in Paris and subsequently brought to his own home at Highcliffe Castle.Paragraph


Greendale’s renovation works also revealed a previously hidden well in the kitchen area, which has now been made safe and incorporated into the design of the completed works for public viewing.






Rob Hooker, comented: “We are very proud to have successfully completed phase 7 of works at Highcliffe Castle. The new Penleaze Wing, East Tower and learning space over the dining area all have been completely transformed and made accessible, and will be open to the public in the Spring.”


 
 

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