Kinbane Castle

Essential restoration works to Kinbane Castle

Project Summary

Essential restoration works to Kinbane Castle

Project Detail

Adman were appointed by the Historic Environment Division (HED) to undertake essential restoration works to Kinbane Castle, a State Care Historic Monument located in County Antrim and which dates back to 1547. The castle sits on Kinbane Head, a rocky promontory jutting out into the Irish Sea and is accessible only by foot along a narrow path down the main cliff and then up the steep beginnings of the chalk headland.

The works were primarily concerned with safeguarding the historic fabric of the site and ensuring it continued to be a safe place to visit and enjoy for the local community and the many tourists who also visit the site every year. The remote and highly inaccessible location meant that all materials for the works had to be flown in by a specially charted helicopter. Key works included:

  • Repairs to the concrete crossing point from the foreshore to the steps leading up the headland which was eroding due to tidal action
  • Replacement of all defective timber risers along the access steps on the headland leading to the castle
  • Removal of a redundant metal support frame to the castle walls and consolidation of the existing masonry
  • Repointing masonry with lime mortar