The ongoing restoration of unique heritage assets forms part of the Estate's approach to deliver the conservation and enjoyment of the historic environment for future generations.
The Estate is responsible for the care and preservation of over 200 listed monuments and buildings. Most are in the North East of England and many are iconic to the region. They include Alnwick Castle, Ratcheugh Observatory, Bondgate Tower, Hulne Priory, Lion Bridge, Alnwick Gatehouse and many more including Syon Park in London.
Every building needs maintenance, especially buildings like Alnwick Castle that have stood for hundreds of years. Since the early 2000s, an ongoing programme of highly skilled repair has been carried out across the Castle site under the direction of the 12th Duke of Northumberland. Led by the Clerk of Works team and Historic Property Restoration, it aims to ensure the Castle survives into the future in the best possible condition.
The repair and maintenance of buildings such as these requires specialist skills and typically includes maintaining as much of the original character and authenticity as possible, reproducing materials, and replicating traditional techniques.