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Celebrating 40 years of hsd
2021 marks the 40th year since hsd was founded. Over the past four decades we have
had the opportunity to play a key role in the design and development of significant cultural
and historic landmarks around the globe.
Our journey has taken us to medieval castles, civil war
forts, and magnificent palaces. It has, and continues to
be, an honour to work alongside various practitioners in
the heritage field on these projects - from our partners in
architecture and construction who specialise in heritage
and conservation schemes to our clients who operate as
conservationists, curators, councils, and preservation
foundations. Assembling a passionate and collaborative
design and client team that shares the value of stewardship is the first step to forging a remarkable visitor journey,
that not only leaves an impact but is deeply respectful and
rooted in the historic fabric of the buildings and sites we
help to develop.
To mark our own historic anniversary, we look back at
some of our most iconic conservation-focussed schemes.
hsd is thrilled to be working with the Norwich Castle
team as exhibition designers for their NLHF-funded
‘Gateway to Medieval England’ project. In partnership
with the British Museum, the project is part of the wider
revitalisation of Norwich Castle that aims to restore it to
its former glory as a pinnacle among the Romanesque
Below, Proposals for the Ground Floor of The Keep at Norwich Catle
castles of Western Europe. Following a successful NLHF
Round 2 pass and the securing of £8.7 million in funding,
hsd is currently working with the project team to support
a re-opening of the Keep.
The project will drastically improve the visitor experience
across the site and make it a more accessible building
by reinstating the Norman Principal Floor including
the Great Hall, King’s Chamber and Chapel, as well as
creating a new visitor entrance, café, and shop. A new
Medieval Gallery will provide Norfolk Museums Service
with the opportunity to showcase their own stunning
collections from the period, supplemented by carefully
curated artefacts on loan from the British Museum.
hsd has worked closely with the client team, architects,
and specialist consultants to design a scheme that
achieves a vision for the Keep that is respectful to the historical environment. Within the Ground Floor of the
Keep are the remains of large pillar structures that would
have originally supported the Principal Floor above. As
part of the reinterpretation of these features, hsd has
collaborated with the project curators, historical advisory
board, and architects to propose a contemporary
sculptural lighting installation that will evoke the pillars’
impressive sense of scale and artistry.