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Specialist engineering survey for Barnard Castle's walls
A PARTNERSHIP looking to repair a town’s crumbling castle walls hopes to carry out an engineering survey next month.
Following a public meeting in June about the state of Barnard Castle’s walls, Raby Estates, English Heritage and Durham County Council agreed to fund a specialist survey to confirm the condition of the walls and identify a solution to rectify concerns.
The affected section, which faces onto Bridgegate, collapsed four years ago.
An independent conservation surveyor has now been tasked with providing a brief and advice about timescales to undertake the work.
The partners are now planning to take the advice forward and are working towards a survey being undertaken in late autumn, around November, when the vegetation has died back, which will allow better site access and inspection.
A statement issued on behalf of all three parties said: “We are pleased to say the brief for this work is now complete and out to tender and they are confident this will mean that a survey can progress to meet the late autumn timespan recommended.
“Together the parties involved previously agreed a budget of £50,000 for this contract and they are advised this remains a realistic sum.
“Following the tender process, we will announce the successful company as soon as it is practical to do so and we will issue a further public statement at this time.
“We would like to assure both members of the public and Barnard Castle Town Council that this very complex work is moving forward in the appropriate timescale and is being supported at all times by expert advice in recognition of the site’s historical importance.”
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