A North Yorkshire scaffolding company is playing a key role in a major project being undertaken at a famous Yorkshire country house.

Having already successfully completed projects at Knaresborough Castle and Allerton Castle, Thorpe Arch-based Elite Scaffolding is now playing a significant role in a major roof renovation project underway at Ripley Castle, near Harrogate.

For its part, the Elite team spent four weeks scaffolding the exterior of the 14thCentury, Grade I Listed building, home to the 6th Baronet Ingilby and his family, allowing specialist roofing contractors to carry out their work.

And whilst Ripley Castle is a private house, it and its grounds are open to the public. It is also a popular wedding venue. Last October, the Castle was one of 142 sites across England to receive a slice of the Government’s £35m Culture Recovery Fund.

Spencer Cassidy, Elite Scaffolding’s Managing Director, said: “This is the third Yorkshire castle that we have scaffolded, and in terms of scale it is certainly the most significant.

“Before starting, we worked closely with Ripley Castle owner, Sir Thomas Ingilby, and main contractor, HACS, to ensure our work would not visually impact on two weddings it was hosting.

“The Elite team worked seven days a week for four weeks, fixing thousands of scaffold tubes and hundreds of planks in place, enabling the roofers to work safely and securely. And once the work on the roof is completed, we will be ready to dismantle our work quickly and efficiently.”

He added: “We have been keeping a very close eye on the weather, and despite enduring three significant storms which have brought gale force winds, torrential rain and snow, I’m pleased to say haven’t given us any problems.

“This is a significant project to be involved with and one that boosts our credentials of scaffolding historic and listed buildings. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and our aim is to raise the standard of scaffolding in Yorkshire. We believe our latest project at Ripley Castle is proof of this.”