RIBA Stirling shortlist 2013 – Astley Castle

Stephen Witherford of Witherford Watson Mann talks through 800 years of history that has seen additions and revisions to Astley Castle carried out in almost every century since Medieval times. He talks about the challenges of would-be restoration — not least the issue of which period to restore the building to, given the centuries of add-ons. The final project worked to a 60:40 ratio of old to new masonry construction, the crumbling ruin stabilised by contemporary construction that is a continuation of the building’s long history rather than a new beginning.



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