Warwick Castle  
Often described as the finest Mediaeval Castle in England,Warwick encompasses both a scheduled monument and a range of Grade 1 listed buildings. The owners take great pride in the care and conservation of this Historic Building while allowing maximum public access and the provision of numerous attractions.
The work carried out has included re-roofing the Domestic Range and the Ghost Tower using sand cast lead, and the re-roofing of the Great Hall using Westmorland slates in diminishing courses.
The re-covering of Guy’s Tower was quite a different project as it is accessible to the public. Following the removal of the defective asphalt surface of the Tower the original stone roof was found.This was repointed and protected with a lime mortar
screed before being covered by a waterproof membrane, the final finish to the roof being riven York Stone paving. Some of the stone flagged wall walks have also been repaired and re-laid incorporating a discreet drainage system.
One particularly fascinating project that was undertaken was the supplying and fitting of an oak spiral staircase in one of the Castle’s towers.This consisted of seventy one treads, all of which had to be set out to allow maximum head room whilst giving access to each of the four floors before arriving at roof level.The soffit of the stairs was lined out with timber lath and finished in limewashed plaster. Finally the walls of the stairwell were decorated with an oil-bound distemper.  
The Spy Tower staircase has also had major repair work carried out to its structure, made necessary by the large amount of foot traffic that it has to endure.
The carrying out of major works to the Stable Restaurant, now known as the Coach House, was a challenge both in terms of meeting the tight programme set and in achieving both the architect’s and client’s requirements to create a restaurant for the 21st Century within the architectural framework of the Castle.The black and white stone floor of the entrance is particularly striking. Other projects have included the landscaping of the Ethelfleda’s Mound, underpinning the garden buildings and fire compartmentation works within the castle. Replacement of stone-work and re-pointing of areas of masonry are also regular features of the work, and matching the mortars and fabric of the original buildings is a constant and rewarding task.
Architect: Rodney Melville & Partners
 
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