Pontefract Castle HLF Project

Client: : Wakefield Council Location: : Pontefract, West Yorkshire Dates: : 2013-ongoing Value: : £3,200,000

Pontefract Castle’s beginnings followed the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century, but it has since been largely demolished. The castle is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM).

On behalf of Wakefield Council, HDD are working in association with LEP Architects who have have successfully secured Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) for a scheme of conservation, access improvements and creation of a new visitor experience, informed by consultation events, involving stakeholders and the public.

HDD co-ordinated site surveys addressing the topography, archaeology and ecology, and produced outline plans and details for inclusion in the funding bid. HDD have subsequently produce detailed designs and specifications and are appointed to oversee landscape elements of the works on site

The designs include re-configuration of access, café and seating area, walls, access paths, boardwalks, steps and planting.

HDD tendered and managed a separate a contract to clear vegetation and approximately 150 mature trees from the SAM. Innovative methods to fell and remove timber from the historically sensitive environment were used, including a series of road closures and large cranes and then assisted LEP who were acting as the Contracts Manager for the onsite construction works.