CASTLE COULD RISE FROM RUINS
Sheppard Robson has released these images of its £85 million proposal to breathe life back into a ruined castle in Cumbria. Built between 1804 and 1811 by Sir Robert Smirke - the architect behind the British Museum - Lowther Castle is one of 29 schemes vying for Lottery cash to be handed out as part of the £140 million Living Landmarks programme. Tim Evans, creative director of Sheppard Robson, said the scheme is broken up into three main packages: the restoration and stabilisation of the decaying castle; the preservation of its atmospheric, overgrown grounds; and the creation of 'contemporary modern insertions', both on the castle itself and in its grounds. Those 'modern insertions' will include a new 1,500-seat amphitheatre, an underground gallery and new lifts and walkways, so visitors will be able to enjoy the panoramic views from the castle's ramparts and its central tower. Evans said the client, the Seventh Earl of Lonsdale, Jim Lowther, was also hoping to receive backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund. He added that 'if all goes to plan' work on site would start towards the end of 2008.