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Hudson and Martin Ashley bag Norwich Castle work

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Hudson Architects and Martin Ashley Architects have been appointed to carry out a feasibility study for a transformation of Norwich Castle

Norfolk Museums Service has hired the pair of practices ahead of a bid for Heritage Lottery Fund cash towards a £10-£12 million revamp of the Norman keep.

Among the ideas being considered is a reinstallation of the main floor, and a new medieval gallery created in partnership with the British Museum.

Anthony Hudson,director of Hudson Architects, based in Norwich, said: ‘We have enjoyed exploring the juxtaposition of historic building fabric and contemporary interventions in many projects – large and small – over many years.

‘To develop that theme, in a building which I have known since childhood and which now towers over the Hudson Architects office, is very special.’

Martin Ashley, principal at Martin Ashley Architects said: ‘It is an exceptional building worthy of greater recognition, and we are looking forward to helping to develop proposals which allow that to happen.’

The practice has worked on similar schemes at Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, and the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich.

Norwich Castle was built around the turn of the 12th century, and was initially a royal palace, before becoming the county jail from the 14th century until its conversion into a museum in the 1890s in a project by Norwich architect Edward Boardman. 

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