Planning permission has been granted on pioneering proposals for the redevelopment of the Kings Gate at Caernarfon Castle — marking a new chapter in the medieval site’s rich history.
Designed for Cadw, the £4 million project will include the installation of a glazed lift that will provide access throughout Kings Gate, leading to a new viewing deck that will crown the upper level of the gatehouse. This will allow all visitors to access this part of the castle for the first time in its history. It will also be the first time level access has been provided in any similar UK World Heritage Site.
Also included in the plans is a new permanent catering offer, accessible toilet facilities and a gift shop, as well as brand-new historical interpretation. In addition, important conservation work will be undertaken on the surrounding towers which will help protect the medieval structure for generations to come.
Stephen Anderson, Director at Buttress, said: “We are immensely proud of this project and excited that we have reached this important milestone. This pioneering project will enable more people to engage with, and enjoy, this highly significant historic site and we look forward to working with Cadw to develop this new chapter in the castle's history.”
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, added: “I greatly welcome this announcement, which marks a positive new chapter for Caernarfon Castle and its visitors.
“Making Wales’s past more accessible to people from all walks of life is vital, and through innovative technology, we can unlock unexplored areas of our historic sites while delving deeper into their histories.
“I would like to thank Cadw’s members and visitors for their continued support, which has helped us care for our precious historic buildings during this difficult time.”