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Cardigan Castle Named Channel 4’s ‘Great British Buildings’ Restoration of the Year

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Construction firm Andrew Scott Ltd is pleased to announce that their Cardigan Castle development has won Great British Buildings’ Restoration of the Year title. The subject of a Channel 4 show of the same name, Cardigan Castle took the coveted title in the Georgian building category in Great British Buildings’ very first episode before winning the overall Restoration of the Year title in the final episode, which aired on 13th April.

The show, which is presented by Kevin McCloud and Dr Anna Keay, saw a number of restorations across the country showcased but it was the Cardigan Castle project that really made an impact. Judges, all of which are members of the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS), remarked on Cardigan Castle’s journey “from eyesore to landmark”. The scale of site dereliction was another factor that made the development such a huge success, as judges commented that the transformation was a “fine example” of before and after, and had to be “seen to be believed”.

 “The conservation and redevelopment of Cardigan Castle was a great triumph for us, so we are delighted that it has been recognised as Great British Buildings’ Restoration of the Year. Completed in summer 2015, the multimillion pound project involved the repair, conservation and renovation of six listed buildings in total, and playing such an integral role in their reinstatement was, and still is, a proud moment for us,” said Mark Bowen, Managing Director at Andrew Scott Ltd.

The Cardigan Castle project is no stranger to success. The development won three accolades at the RICS Wales Awards last year, one of which was the highly sought-after Project of the Year award.

 “With the Cardigan Castle project our plan was to return the castle to the local community as a viable business, and almost two years on it appears that we have achieved that. Cardigan Castle has been a landmark of the ancient port town since it was built in 1176 but after falling into major disrepair during the 20th century, it was becoming more of an eyesore. Now the site not only boasts the fully restored Castle Green House, complete with original features recreated in exquisite detail, but is home to new restaurant and catering facilities, which have been beautifully designed to work in unison with the six Grade II* listed buildings within the castle walls. The castle has been restored to its former glory and is officially open after a 10-year, £12.5 million project led by our client The Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust and architects Purcell,” concluded Mark.

To create training and employment prospects Andrew Scott worked with Cyfle Building Skills, Coleg Sir Gar and the Twyi Centre to deliver opportunities within the local community.

Openings were provided for a full-time site administrator, general labourers, apprentice bricklayers and electricians, and traditionally skilled stonemasons and lime plasterers.

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In 2001 Laurence left the corporate publishing world and after a 3-year spell in pharmaceuticals he set up on his own. In 2005 he created Swansea Life & Swansea Bay Business Life, two highly successful magazines now fully established in their respective markets, and since acquired by the Trinity Mirror Group.

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