The overall Clitheroe Castle project is the largest heritage scheme in the Ribble Valley’s history and involved the refurbishment, restoration and extension of Castle buildings to create a regional museum and visitor attraction with the capacity to attract over 17,000 visitors per year. Ribble Valley Borough Council appointed Newground to carry out consultation, design, fundraising, tendering and contract administration of a Creative Activity Space within the castle keep, for enjoyment by visitors.
A combination of resin bound gravel, decking, raised planting beds, platforms, recessed ground lighting, seating with canopy cover and small grassed areas ensures the whole space is utilised to its maximum potential, by everyone, at all times of the year. The planting in the raised beds reflects a mixture of cullinary and medicinal herbs used in Medieval ages. This sensory aspect of the site is further enhanced with the innovative and interactive stainless steel play equipment that encourages users to look and listen in new ways. The timeline showcases artwork created by local pupils at Ribblesdale High School, and encourages further investigation of the events depicted on the plaques in the museum. Explanations in braille are another sensory aspect.
Working closely within the design constraints of the site - a scheduled ancient monument, no excavations below 200mmm were permitted, so innovative solutions to technical issues were overcome at an early stage.