The pictures show steel installed by BS Steels as part of the restoration of the Ryde Castle Hotel, closed since it was badly damaged in a fire a year ago. As can be seen from the photos, new structural steel is in place in the damaged section of the hotel. The remainder of the restoration work can now take place around it. Introduction of massive steels within a damaged structure has required considerable care, but the end result should be well worth the effort: use of modern building materials and methods should enable the hotel, when reopened, to be better than ever.

steelwork by BS Steels, Ryde Castle Hotel, Isle of WightStructural steel installation Ryde Castle, Isle of Wight, by BS SteelsSteelwork Ryde Castle Hotel Isle of Wight, by BS Steels
Some say that the first building on the site was a castle commissioned by King Henry VIII to guard against the Spanish. However, the origins of the present building are in the 1830’s, when it was built as a substantial Victorian family home. It did have military connections in World War 1, when used as a hospital, and World War 2, as an Army HQ. There was great sadness when the fire nearly destroyed one of the Isle of Wight’s most distinctive landmarks, and no doubt there will be equal excitement once it reopens.

The Ryde Castle Hotel is owned by Greene King as part of their Old English inns portfolio. BS Steels has also been assisting with refurbishment of two other Greene King properties, The Heron at Havant and The Green Man at Ringmer. The latter involved the building of a new pyramid-shaped restaurant at the rear of the property, whilst the remainder of the pub remained operational throughout.

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