Ayton Castle, Scarborough

The ruins of Ayton Castle are situated in West Ayton near Scarborough and the site is Grade 1 listed and a scheduled Ancient Monument. The present structure which is a Peel Tower dates from the late Fourteenth Century and was owned by the De Ayton family. It was last occupied in the late 1600’s and fell into ruin over succeeding centuries eventually being purchased by Scarborough Borough Council in 1930.

Scarborough Borough Council
Architect/client representative
David Sheriff Architects, York
Contract value

Repairs to the uppermost masonry of the east and south walls were carried out by HPR in 2006 for English Heritage as the structure was on its “at risk register”. Internal and external repointing and consolidation of the wall tops was carried out, with the exposed corework of the walls rebuilt to provide a water shedding cap.

Replacement of the carved corbels

The Dean and Chapter and its Fabric Advisory Committee is thrilled with the quality of work produced by HPR Ltd. The skills exhibited in stone masonry are particularly fine. Managers and staff have developed good relations with the client team – we couldn’t have asked for better attitude or commitment.

Lindy Gilliland Testimonial -
Lindy Gilliland - Newcastle Cathedral Project Manager

"From my personal perspective, this was one of the best projects I have been involved with over the last 35 years as a Chartered Building Surveyor, RIS Accredited in Building Conservation. My client role on this was a complete pleasure, because you and your team were first class, complementing the excellent professional design team. Well done!"

Richard Dunn -
PCC Project Co-ordinator, for St John the Baptist Church, Wilberfoss

"May I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for your professional and unfailingly helpful conduct during this project. We particularly appreciate the efforts made to overcome the deficiencies and problems arising from the previous contractor."

Andrew Bodenham -
Blackett Ord Conservation

"HPR recognise, and allow for, the necessary archaeological recording to take place during consolidation work and the disruptions that this may cause to their planned programme of work comes as no surprise to them. This awareness means that their workforce is able to be pro-active in informing the archaeologist of any possible instances when recording may be necessary."

Mick Krupa -
NPHT Archaeologist at Nenthead Smeltmill

"Historic Property Restoration carried out the first phase of the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Town Hall. The company were extremely professional in their approach throughout the entire process as befits a company with extensive experience in the conservation and restoration sector."

David Lodge -
Greater Morpeth Development Trust

"Historic Property Restoration deliver good quality work to programme and budget on a regular basis. They are reliable and value for money."

Ian Merritt -
English Heritage Conservation and Maintenance Manager
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