Mott MacDonald completes design for Harlech Castle Hotel in Wales, UK

Mott MacDonald completed the design for the refurbishment and expansion of Harlech Castle Hotel in Wales in the UK on behalf of Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. The development is one of 24 schemes to benefit from Cadw’s $31 million Heritage Tourism Project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

The project includes a new visitor center, café and interpretation and presentation areas, as well as luxury apartments on the upper floors of the hotel, and a landmark pedestrian bridge link to the castle.

Mott MacDonald carried out the full civil and structural detailed design of the hotel refurbishment and developed the footbridge design. Building information modeling (BIM) was used to plan the design of the split level building profile and associated interconnections between the new building and the existing historic structural remains.

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The hotel is located in the Harlech conservation area adjacent to the Grade I listed Harlech Castle, a scheduled ancient monument which forms part of the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd World Heritage Site. The castle is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as one of the finest examples of late 13th to early 14th century military architecture in Europe.

Works are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

The five star Castlemartyr Resort, where Mott MacDonald provided civil, structural, conservation and transportation engineering design services for its refurbishment and extension