Huge cranes get to work outside skeletal Gwrych Castle as Welsh landmark is transformed into a medieval campsite for the second consecutive year ahead of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Work continued in earnest on Monday as a builders prepared Welsh landmark Gwrych Castle and its adjacent 236 acre estate ahead of the new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Grade I listed 19th-century country house, located near Abergele in picturesque Conwy County, north Wales, will play host to the long-running ITV show for the second consecutive year due to travel restrictions surrounding its usual home on Australia’s east coast, currently in the midst of another coronavirus lockdown.
New images from the site show the castle’s skeletal exterior walls as cranes, vans and an accompanying litter of building equipment converged nearby, ready to transform the are into a suitable campsite for this year’s yet to be announced celebrity contestants.
Here we go: Work continued in earnest on Monday as a builders prepared Welsh landmark Gwrych Castle and its adjacent 236 acre estate ahead of the new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
ITV bosses are facing a scramble against time to renovate the dilapidated building – which is now closed to the public – and its surrounding areas ahead of the new series expected to begin in November.
The reality show, which usually films in the Australian wilderness, was forced to relocate to the dilapidated Grade I listed castle following fears Australia could shut its borders because of the ongoing pandemic.
ITV producers filed an extensive planning application to the authorities in order to make the 19th-century Conwy County country house inhabitable in time for the new series.
Hard at work: New images from the site show the castle’s skeletal exterior walls as cranes, vans and an accompanying litter of building equipment converged nearby
Imposing: The site will serve as a dramatic backdrop when the new series gets underway this coming November
Out of bounds: The estate is currently closed to the public while work continues to transform the site into the much-loved I’m A Celeb set
The show is seeking approval for retention of the protective temporary roofs over the dining room and the coach house/blacksmith’s shop; Retention/installation of security fencing to ensure the castle and grounds are protected and retention of the new balustrade to the bothy staircase.
Also on the list is re-roofing the dairy; Installation of new doors to the coach house and blacksmith’s shop; Removal of a small section of modern concrete flooring from the wash house and provision of a new electrical supply cabinet adjacent to the drive.
Get in line: Articulated lorries were parked end to end nearby as work continued on the Welsh site