Environmentalists have said they do not want a new visitor center to appear in the renovated Nottingham Castle.
The center is one of a number of new attractions for the facility which reopened on Monday, June 21, after a three-year regeneration project aimed at creating a world-class tourist attraction.
Members of the Nottingham Civic Society suggested that the centre’s appearance did not match the historic gatehouse next door, and said a more “weathered” look would be more appropriate.
In the group’s summer newsletter, the Civic Society said, “Thinking back – what you’re less likely to do until you leave – you see the full impact next to the old one. Gatehouse built by order of Henry III and restored to its present form in 1908 by Sir Thomas Graham Jackson.
“A bit uncomfortable juxtaposition, one can’t help but think about – albeit handy for arriving visitors. But why the hell this color?
“It looks good on structures similar to Woodthorpe Park, but here?
“A more ‘weathered’ look, to match the existing gatehouse, would be more appropriate. “
Vice-President Ian Wells said the group was generally happy with the transformation of the castle, and in particular with the way it was laid out.
He said the trees and “boskiness” survived and “the bandstand is here of course”, adding that the attraction “will come to life as the events unfold.”
But of the reception center, he said: “It contracts slightly, because when you walk in you see the big glass facade. It’s a good spacious center and very welcoming – it’s a good thing to have.
“[We’re] just worried about that color. “
Environmentalists also point out that decorative cobblestones appear to have been passed through the castle gate.
They also said it will be “a long time” before the approach to the castle is what they would like it to be, given the scale of the transformation work on the south gate.
A spokesperson for Nottingham City Council said: ‘The £ 31million transformation of Nottingham Castle has been a huge success and it was wonderful to be able to open the doors this week and see the excitement over there. faces of the first visitors through the doors.
“The project created 270 construction jobs and saw the recruitment of 500 local volunteers, while we plan to increase the number of visitors from 222,000 to 400,000 per year, including 16,000 school children.
“It is now a world-class tourist destination that the city can rightly be proud of.
“The plans and designs were rightly given public scrutiny and a number of consultation events were held – we carefully considered all comments.
“One of the main objectives was to conserve and present the castle as an ancient monument, as well as to protect the network of caves.”