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Château de Chalus

This project situated at the The Château de Chalus-Chabrol n the commune of Châlus in the département of Haute-Vienne. The castle is most famous for the death of King Richard the Lionheart, who died there from a crossbow wound fired by one of the defenders called Betrand de Gurdon while besieging the castle in 1199. His entrails are buried in the castle chapel. The castle is also linked with Cesare Borgia.

Château de Chalus-Chabrol has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1925. Our project was to transform one of the barns in the grounds of the chateau into a café and visitor’s centre, with new disabled toilet’s and access to the grounds especially to the medieval tower and gardens.

With the cafe in such a prominent position overlooking the town centre consultations with the Batiments de France and Conseil de Architecture et Environnement were paramount at design stage to ensure that the renovation project was accepted

Consultations where also held with Landscape Architects and with Environmental Services consultants and disabled access consultants to ensure the design meets the latest regulations.

This project remains on hold as a result of Government spending restrictions it will be great to see the project come back to life