Architects revamp famous castle

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A MULTI-million pound refurbishment of a Grade I listed Norman castle been completed by a North Yorkshire architect firm.

Durham Castle, which has been the home of the town’s University College since 1840, has been transformed by Harrogate-based GSSArchitecture in project totalling £3.2m.

Combined with Durham Cathedral, the ancient castle is a designated a World Heritage Site and houses around 100 university students.

GSSArchitecture partner Jonathan Hunter, who led the design team, said: “The project included undertaking sensitive alterations and the remodelling of student accommodation. This included all 34 bedrooms in the castle keep and provided new en-suite facilities to the majority of the rooms.”

The 14th century Great Hall - the largest in the country until it was shortened at the end of the 15th century - has also been fully refurbished.

The hall serves as a dining room for the college and is also used for outside functions.

The work, which was commissioned by Durham University, included a major revamp of both the servery and medieval kitchen, which are next to the Great Hall.