Norfolk County Council commissioned R G Carter to carry out extensive renovations to the Castle Museum, which now houses an art gallery, as well a museum that is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history.
The refurbishment, was carried out over 18 months, during which it was shut to the public. The extensive works saw the creation of new display areas, more of the building revealed and improved access for visitors to the once impregnable fortress, with the installation of two internal lifts.
Major re-roofing repairs were carried out prior to the extensive internal works, whilst internally, a split level floor was removed to make the gallery full height. A new cafeteria, shop and reception area was also incorporated into the project, as well as new display and shop areas and a lecture theatre.
The showpiece of the project is the glass housing into which the 13 person lift ascends.
It is on prestigious projects such as this that traditional craftsmen come into their own. Our bricklayers used their skills to construct walls using traditional flint and brick, in keeping with the existing construction, including building a new retaining wall at the foot of the castle mound. that leads visitors to an entrance from where they can take a lift to the top of the mound.