Duchy Creates New Office At Lancaster Castle
The Duchy of Lancaster has opened a new office at Lancaster Castle. Following a six-month refurbishment project, the former Debtors’ Workshops have been sensitively restored to provide a modern office and meeting room suite capable of accommodating up to a dozen people.
One of the major considerations in developing the design for the new offices was the Duchy’s desire to retain and celebrate the materials used in the original construction of this 19th-century block. As a result, the open plan office suite features natural exposed stone walls and doorways as well as sophisticated touch control lighting and multi-media facilities. Every effort has been made to protect the integrity of the original design and construction, while ensuring a contemporary space which is both functional and fit-for-purpose.
Commenting on the project, Duchy CEO Nathan Thompson said: “One of the Duchy’s strategic objectives for Lancaster Castle is to restore the fabric of these historic buildings and bring them back into use wherever possible. The new offices demonstrate that quality of workmanship that we are looking to achieve and provide a clear statement of intent with regard to our commitment to the Castle.”
The room at the base of the Victorian clock-tower has also been refurbished to create a space celebrating life at the Duchy. It houses a standing exhibition of wall-mounted panels which explore the origins and history of the Duchy of Lancaster as well as the Duchy’s links with Lancaster Castle.
Restoration work continues to the front of the famous John O’Gaunt gatehouse and entrance to the Castle and this phase of work is due for completion in Summer 2017.