Work on an ambitious £13.5m project to transform Norwich Castle Keep back to its origins as a Norman royal palace has begun - and has been hailed as a “cause for optimism” in difficult times.
The project is one of the largest and most ambitious schemes under way in the United Kingdom and will recreate the city landmark’s Keep back to its original 12th century lay-out.
All five levels - from the basement to the battlements - will be made fully accessible for the first time, while a partnership with the British Museum will bring a new medieval gallery. That 1,000 object gallery will showcase national medieval treasures alongside objects from Norfolk’s own internationally-significant collections.
Morgan Sindall Construction, which has an office at Broadland Business Park has been appointed as project contractor and says it will host more than 100 apprentice weeks, five work experience placements, two workless job starts, two NVQ starts, and five STEM and school engagement sessions.
Alister Broadberry, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We are extremely proud to have secured the Norwich Castle project. It is one of the most prestigious buildings in the East of England and our team is excited to create an environment that will inspire each and every museum visitor.”
Museum bosses believe the transformation has the potential to attract 100,000 extra visitors a year to the castle - bringing an economic boost to the city and county.
The major National Lottery Heritage Fund-backed project will see Norman interior spaces of the Keep will recreated by reinstating the original principal floor level. Museum bosses say that will enable the interpretation of the Keep as it appeared during its heyday under the great Norman kings, including the recreation of the Great Hall, King’s chamber and chapel.
In addition, the construction of a unique viewing platform at battlement level will offer views of medieval and present-day Norwich, while new visitor and school entrances, including a glass atrium, will mean clear views of the Keep’s beautiful East façade and Bigod Tower, from inside the museum, for the first time in 50 years.
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