Client: Northumberland County Council

Duration:  June 2015 – September 2016

Value: £450k

Location: Northumberland

Ford Castle is a medieval castle set in the rolling countryside of Northumberland, and is now an outdoor residential centre for school children.

Steeped in history, the castle itself has belonged to the Lord Joicey family since 1907 and sits on the Ford and Etal Estates.  It has been operated since 1956 as an Outdoor Education Centre, first by Northumberland County Council and since 2012 by the Chateau Beaumont Group.

We worked continuously at Ford Castle during 2015/16 on a variety of different elements of the historic buildings.  Internal works to the castle have included a variety of heritage trades including lime plastering and various joinery works.  The joinery works that were carried out internally have included both structural and aesthetic items across a multitude of rooms/areas.

Externally, a great amount of works have been carried out to the roof areas and the castle structure including boundary walls and outbuildings.  Given the nature of the construction, our stonemasons have been continually occupied over the contract duration attending to various elements such as crenulations, lime pointing and stone rebuilding.

Given the nature of the construction, our stonemasons have been continually occupied over the contract duration attending to various elements such as crenulations, lime pointing and stone rebuilding.

This project required the use of specialist trades, and MGM directly employ a number of specialist heritage tradesmen which allows a continually high level of performance to be gained on projects of this nature.