MESSAGES of congratulation are pouring in to Cardigan Castle after the £12m project beat off competition from all over the UK to win Channel 4’s Great British Buildings Restoration of the Year.
The castle, which won the Georgian category, took the overall crown in the final episode on Thursday evening.
Judges from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors described the project as “lifting the spirits” and “brilliantly done”.
The castle – which opened two years ago following a decade-long campaign by Cadwgan Trust – won against formidable opposition like Mount Stewart in Ireland, Lews Castle in Scotland and Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace.
Lead architect Niall Phillips of Purcell said: “Who would have thought a small charity with not a penny in the bank could rescue a derelict castle and bring it back into a vibrant sustainable new use?”
Cardigan mayor Cllr Clive Davies said: “This is fantastic news, this accolade really takes our castle to a new level of exposure and will no doubt make Cardigan and its castle a destination this summer and future years. Great for our shops, great for our local economy. Well done everyone involved!”
And Cadwgan chairman Non Davies said: “This is a tremendous honour for the castle, Cardigan, Ceredigion and all those involved in the Restoration project."
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