Project information

Restore Victorian Conservatory

Restoring the Victorian Conservatory to an acceptable standard - rebuilding, reglazing, putting in plumbing, flooring, lighting - to be able to use as a cafe and venue for functions.

3 months

Charity information: Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust Limited

Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust Limited logo
  • Need

    Need

    The gardens are not fully restored and there are no facilities for the many visitors that come to various events at the Castle.
    The rebuilding of the conservatory will see the formal gardens at Gwrych Castle fully restored and it is the end of the first phase of restoration works at the castle. The formal garden at Gwrych Castle has lain derelict for nearly 100 years. Gwrych Trust has spent the last 2 years restoring it back to its former glory.

    Solution

    The rebuilding of the conservatory will see the formal gardens at Gwrych Castle fully restored and it is the end of the first phase of restoration works at the castle. The formal garden at Gwrych Castle has lain derelict for nearly 100 years. Gwrych Trust has spent the last 2 years restoring it back to its former glory. It would then be able to be used as a cafe and venue for events from parties to weddings safely.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Restore the Conservatory

    Activities

    » Renovation and rebuilding of conservatory

    By Conservatory being fully functional and used within the community


  • Impact

    Impact

    It will complete the restoration of the formal gardens, give the Trust a venue to use to be able to generate funding. This will be shown by the increase in revenue from the venue

    Risk

    Risk would be the need for increased volunteers and staff.
    This would be dealt with by the fact that the venue would be generating an income and so could support one member of staff. We have already questioned volunteers on their availability and have had a promising response.

    Reporting

    On Facebook, Twitter and via the Trust's website as well as regular emails to our mailing list

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £75,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Rebuilding exterior Outside structure
      £15,000 Interior flooring, and finishing
  • Background

    Location

    Gwrych Castle is a ruined mock Gothic Georgian castle on the edge of Abergele. The area is struggling due to lack of industry, decline in farming and not being on the tourist highway.
    Abergele itself has a high elderly population but still supports 3 primary and one high school. It is on the boarder of a high Welsh speaking area but the town itself is divided on whether it wants to be a Welsh-speaking or English-speaking majority.

    Beneficiaries

    This project would help to place Abergele on the tourist trail and stem those who just get on the A55 at the end of the M6 and go either straight through to the ferry to Ireland or to the A5 into Snowdonia. Along this events that CADW are promoting it would help to show the diversity of this area.
    Gwrych Castle was once called the "Jewel of North Wales" and it would be wonderful to see it seen as that again.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Gwrych Preservation Trust is best placed to do this because it has been involved for the last 20 years in making Gwrych be on the local agenda. Since 2013 it has leased 5 acres of the estate from the owners. The owners are now offering the whole estate to the Trust to purchase.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mark Aronwich

    The site manager who will be overseeing the whole project