Gilstrap Centre, Newark
The Gilstrap Centre lies within the curtilage of the Scheduled Monument of Newark Castle and is Grade II listed. The application site is located on the eastern side of Newark town centre within the Newark Conservation Area. In addition to its setting within a Scheduled Monument it also lies within the direct and wider setting of a number of listed buildings and buildings of local character that contribute to the historic town centre.
The Gilstrap Centre is currently occupied by a Tourist Information Centre, a permanent exhibition on Newark Castle and the Civil War, a temporary exhibition space and attended public toilet facilities. A Romanesque arch, discovered in the under croft of Newark Castle has been re-constructed inside the Gilstrap Centre and falls under the protection of the Scheduled Monument Listing.
Plan A Architecture were appointed to sensitively convert the existing building to allow Gilstrap Centre to be used for the County Council Registration Service. This conversion is to accommodate an enhanced and re-located Newark Register Office. Newark Register Office provides for the registration of births, still births and deaths, notices of civil marriage and civil partnerships, Citizenship Ceremonies and copy certificate requests, plus a range of non-statutory celebratory ceremonies.