building firm lands £10m deals

Lincoln Castle Prison Front Elevation  supplied by Architects Arrol and Snell
Lincoln Castle Prison Front Elevation supplied by Architects Arrol and Snell

A Billsthorpe building firm has landed two major contracts in two counties to secure projects worth almost £10 million.

Robert Woodhead Ltd was selected by Lincolnshire County Council to undertake the refurbishment and restoration of the Georgian and Victorian Prison buildings in Lincoln Castle.

The renovations will see the construction of a n underground pod to display Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest,the creation of a cinema to screen films about Magna Carta as well as the construction of a new shop and café. Lincoln Castle will be the only place in the World where Magna Carta (1215) and the Charter of the Forest (1217) can be seen together.

This project is worth £5.45 million and will be completed in time to celebrate the 800th anniversary in 2015.

The second contract, worth £ 3.85 million, sees Robert Woodhead’sspecialist Heritage arm appointed by Newark & Sherwood District Council to restore and transform the Old Magnus Buildings on Appleton Gate in Newark.

The work will see the transformation of the Grade II Old Magnus Buildings into a new museum and National Civil War Centre.

This new museum will provide a showcase for the History of Newark and Sherwood and become a national centre for the history of the British Civil Wars.

Formerly part of the Magnus School, the new museum will also be a centre of learning, linked to local studies and the national curriculum.

Robert Woodhead Ltd’s Managing Director, David Woodhead said: “We are delighted with these latest wins and the continued growth of the company.

“Our specialist conservation arm Woodhead Heritage has a growing reputation in the East Midlands.

He added: “These latest projects will mean we can continue to invest in the traditional skills needed to preserve and protect our important built heritage for generations to come.”