A planning application has been submitted for the redevelopment of King’s Gate at Caernarfon Castle.
Designed for Cadw, the ambitious proposals will provide a world-class visitor experience at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The proposals include the installation of a glazed lift that will provide access throughout King’s 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.
The scheme also includes the installation of a new, permanent catering offer, accessible toilet facilities, and a shop. New interactive and immersive interpretation spaces will also be provided throughout the King’s Gate, which will enhance visitors’ understanding and experience of this important Welsh monument.
In addition, important conservation work will be undertaken to King’s Gate towers, preserving centuries of social and architectural history.
Commenting on the application, Stephen Anderson, Director at Buttress, said: “We are immensely proud of this project and excited that we have reached this important milestone. We are looking forward to continuing our dialogue with Gwynedd Council and Cadw as they consider the applications.”
Caernarfon Castle and its associated walled town have played a significant part in the history of Wales and the rest of the UK for much of the last millennium.
The castle is one of the most iconic monuments in the UK and became Wales’s first World Heritage Site in 1986, along with the castles at Harlech, Beaumaris and Conwy.