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Project Spotlight; Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel

To all our Welsh friends

A Dewi Sant!

Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel located in Denbighshire, is a popular tourist attraction set in 260 acres of parkland. The Hotel is based in and around the historic Grade II* listed Bodelwyddan Castle which comprises a number of important listed buildings and grounds dating back to the early 15th Century when the estate was first acquired by the Humphreys family. Bodelwyddan castle was then developed into a castellated style by John Hay Williams in the 1830’s and 1840’s with the turreted features which can be seen today.

Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel

Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel has been in the ownership and operation of Bourne Leisure (Warner Hotels) Ltd since 1992 when it was acquired by the then Rank Organisation Group from Clwyd County Council.

The new build, extension and alterations were completed in July 2015 and Aura Conservation Ltd were sub-contracted to build the stone entrance and side features to the six garden lodges, created within the existing grounds.

Bodelythan Castle Hotel 2

New Build single storey and two storey lodges make up part of the development plans to introduce a further forty five, high quality en-suite bedrooms at the award winning hotel site.

Bodelythan Castle Hotel 3

The striking random rubble entrance features were created using reclaimed stone from previous buildings salvaged from the site. The stone was bedded and pointed with lime mortar then finished with a brushed back detail which produces an aged appearance to the mortar. Other work includes a fifty metre rubble wall and smaller sections of stone detailing to buildings across the development

Client: Pochin Construction Ltd

Completion: July 2015

Value: £75K

Duration: 2 months

The services we provide for you at aura conservation

Masonry

Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.

Roofing

Roof Tiling, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection, Roof Drainage, Lead Protection, Roof Features.

Interiors

Painting & Decorating, Plasterwork, Tiling, Timber Flooring.

Services & Treatment

Protection and Remedial Treatment, Paint Finishes, Mortars & Renders, Pointing, Paint Removal, Masonry Cleaning, Structural Repairs, Epoxy Resin Repairs.

Metal, Wood & Glass

Fine Joinery, Wood Carving, Windows and Doors, Secondary Glazing, Metalwork.

Celebrating Twelve Years in the Industry

Aura Conservation has existed for twelve successful years. We have a solid and experienced management team, probably the best in our opinion! We can assist you in any of your conservation needs, and if we can’t help you; we have friends who can. We have a good financial foundation forged out of adversity and achieve our targets through our prudent financial management.

Contact us today to see how we can help you.

You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB.

Tel: 0161 442 9850 / Fax: 0161 432 8478

Email  enquiries@auraltd.co.uk
Web    http://www.auraltd.co.uk

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On this Day in History

1958: Historic Sheerness docks to close
In 1958 the government announced the closure of Sheerness dockyard, with the loss of 2,500 jobs. Two year later, on 31 March 1960 the Royal Navy left the docks.

The first ever secretary of the Admiralty, Samuel Pepys established the dockyard in the 17th century as an extension to the navy’s headquarters in Chatham.

In 2009 the site was listed by the World Monuments Fund in a bid to protect this part of Kent’s heritage.

Sheerness dockyard was one of the bases for the Royal Navy as it protected British waters in the North Sea. Following the departure of the Royal Navy, just five years short of the 300th anniversary of the base, the site was taken over by the Medway Port Authority for commercial use.

Sheerness became the largest port in the UK for the motor imports.

The naval terrace, built in 1820 to house the dockyard’s officers is still occupied, and is part of the site listed by the World Monuments Fund. The WMF hope that, by listing the site, the focus on the dockyard will bring financial support to the many trusts trying to repair the historic buildings.

By Hamish Reid
BBC Kent 2010

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