Tuesday, February 7, 2012

News: Topping out ceremony at Boston Castle


A topping out ceremony has taken place to mark a major milestone in the £900,000 renovation to transform Boston Castle in Rotherham into a new visitor centre and community facility.

The Mayor of Rotherham was on hand this week to mark the completion to the Grade II listed castle's roof allowing for the internal renovation including exhibition areas, an education room and a roof level viewing platform to press on.

Specialist building and restoration contractors, William Anelay, are carrying out the work on behalf of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Situated in the centre of 23 acre Boston Park close to Thomas Rotherham College at Moorgate, the castle dates back to 1775 and was built by the Earl of Effingham originally as a hunting lodge.

Funding has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund with additional monies from Rotherham MBC to restore the castle and bring it back into use. A further grant from Biffaward has been obtained by the Friends of Boston Castle and Parklands for works to the courtyard area.

Councillor Amy Rushworth, cabinet member for Lifelong Learning and Culture and Chairman of the Boston Castle Project Board, said: "The castle is of historic importance to Rotherham.

"It is a major landmark which deserves to be restored to its former glory. It will be splendid to see its regeneration as it will be hugely valuable in terms of educational activities."

Outbuildings have been demolished and the unsympathetic Victorian extension partially demolished. Stone salvaged from the demolitions will be integrated into a new two storey extension that will house a passenger platform lift, staircases and toilet facilities.

The original castle building will be made weather tight and the remaining roof covering has been replace with a modern stainless steel one. A timber decked viewing platform with be introduced at roof level.

The original building and the new extension will benefit from new mechanical and electrical services from WYG Group Ltd, new timber flooring, new plaster work and full decorations.

Andy Briggs, director of WYG said: "It is great to start seeing the plans come to life. The ceremony really does mark the renovation moving forward and highlights the hard work that has already taken place.

"It makes such a difference to the building now the roof is complete and other work is well underway - Rotherham residents can now start to visualise how the revitalised Boston Castle will look when completed."

Once the scheme is complete, the property will provide facilities for visitors, schools and the local community to learn about the castle, its environs as well as being available for functions and external events.

The construction phase of the project is due to be completed Spring 2012.

Images: WYG


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