Harewood Castle, Leeds

Harewood Castle is a Grade 1 Listed, 12th-century converted manor house with a courtyard located on the Harewood Estate, near Leeds in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1366, the rectangular house has two storeys and four flanking towers built into the hillside overlooking Wharfedale. It also has a well and barrel vaulted basement.

Client
The Harwood Estate
Architect/client representative
Peter Gaze Pace Architects, York
Contract value
£464,064

The castle was last occupied in the mid 1600’s when it was sold as a “source of stone and timber” becoming a romantic ruinous landmark in the area, painted a number of times by JMW Turner.

The building was placed on English Heritage’s “Buildings at Risk Register “before funds were raised in 2000 by English Heritage and the Harewood Estate in 2008. The restoration work was carried out by Historic Property Restoration and the castle taken off the register. Work involved the stabilisation of the masonry with structural supports, removal of vegetation, rebuilding of towers, consolidation of wall tops and "rough raking" and re-pointing along with works within the grounds.

"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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