Opus’ conservation & restoration work is preserving Caerphilly Castle, making it more accessible
Stretching over a 30 acre site, Caerphilly Castle is the largest in Britain after Windsor. The Welsh Government's historic environment service (Cadw) appointed Opus to undertake conservation work on the castle.
Recent work has involved restoring the south west tower with a view to opening it to the public. This has included adding a new conical stone roof and reinstating oak floors. The tower is expected to house an exhibition for visitors to the castle. An interesting feature is a furniture ‘pod’. This enables the castle to store ornate banquet furniture in a controlled environment free from damp and extreme temperatures.
Opus carried out conservation and stabilisation work on the Great Hall and the State Apartments, and archaeologists recently excavated the area which would have housed the kitchen and brew house. We have also done stabilisation work on masonry in this area.
A new walkway from the de Braose gallery to the inner east gatehouse will allow the gatehouse to be opened to visitors. The gatehouse itself requires considerable conservation work and new oak floors at first and second floor levels.
Public interest in this castle has continued to grow since the BBC series Young Dracula, which was filmed at Caerphilly Castle.