Patrick Parsons are providing structural engineering expertise on a major restoration project at Lindisfarne Castle, one of the most scenic visitor attractions in Northumberland.
The exposed location of the Grade I listed building overlooking the North Sea has seen it subjected to the ravages of wind, rain and salt throughout its 460-year history, and action needed to be taken to improve the building fabric and safeguard it for the future. The programme of works has seen the castle emptied of its collection – the first time this has happened in over 100 years – with the castle due for reopening in 2018.
Current works have included re-pointing and harling repairs to the walls which will provide protection from the harsh environment and high level inspections of the castle walls and rock face are being undertaken to determine potential repair requirements to prevent loose stone falling from the crag. The local ecology must be considered as the rock faces beneath the tower are a habitat for numerous birds and animals.
We have also provided civil engineering services, including a full and detailed drainage survey which, for the first time in the castle’s history, will record the location and condition of the drainage throughout the building as well as assessing the required capacity and discharge to the septic tank.