Cliffe Castle Park

A restoration and reinstatement project of Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley.


City of Bradford MDC
Keighley, Bradford
December 2018

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NPS successfully secured Stage 2 Heritage Lottery funding for the restoration on behalf of the client, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. The aim of the project was to enhance and restore the key historic features, views, structures and planting whilst introducing additional features to enhance the visitor experience.

The project was delivered in two phases, the first phase covered the park wide works and the glasshouse range. The second phase added an animal house and aviary once the budget could be secured to complete the upper terrace range of building and to mirror the curved covered walkway which once connected the house to the garden.

A replica Coalbrookedale Nasturtium seat was commissioned and placed outside the Palmhouse to reflect the historic image of the seated owner, Henry Isaac Butterfield and stone derived from the old toilet block supplemented with new stone was dressed and reused to rebuild walls on the upper terrace. The connection between House and Garden was restored with the careful removal of trees to open up key views and vistas.

The project was awarded Best Public Service Building at the West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2018.