Stada Group partners with Wakefield Council in £3.5m Pontefract Castle rejuvenation project

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  • Pontefract Castle to expand visitor facilities to boost tourism at the important historical landmark
  • Stada Group will shoot over the year and create a 30-minute documentary, short videos, and a full 3D remodelling of the castle through the ages
  • Wakefield Council contract represents first major locally-focused 2016 project for the company

Stada Group is excited to announce that it has won a major contract that will see it partner with Wakefield Council on its Pontefract Castle conservation project. The castle, which has undergone countless transformations in its 1,000-year history, is about to be given another overhaul worth £3.5 million.

This deal, which will see many facets of the Stada Group coming together to deliver a multimedia showcase for the site, is the first of many local partnerships that the organisation wants to secure. It will see the Wakefield-based company using the finest local talent to help the local council boost the popularity of one of its most important historic landmarks.

During 2016, Wakefield Council will build a brand-new visitors’ centre, providing more facilities and space for workshops and activities in the castle grounds. These grounds already host a number of events throughout the year, and numbers of attendees are expected to rise with this new rejuvenation.

The role given to Stada Group has a massive scope for creativity, and involves over a year of shooting video. It will be producing a full 30-minute documentary on the project, plus other shorter videos talking about the history of the castle, restoration efforts, the events that take place around the site, as well as educational materials.

Furthermore, the group will also create a full 3D model of the castle in all its forms throughout the centuries, showing the difference between the castle remains as they appear now and the sheer vastness of Pontefract Castle in all its 17th century glory, before the English Civil War saw it completely destroyed.

Hatty Settle, Production Co-ordinator at Stada Video, said: “We’re excited and honoured to be documenting such an integral part of local history. Pontefract Castle is truly a landmark of our region, and being there for every step of the development is as exciting as it is educational.

“Working so closely with Wakefield Council means we get a first-hand look at the amount of effort and care that goes into a project of this size. It’s fantastic to see the progress and we can’t wait to share it with eager history and culture-seekers in 2017. To us, It’s not just a case of helping the local authority – it’s an opportunity for us to prove just how great our region is, whether it’s the landmarks that define it or the people that can show just how creative, vibrant and brilliant the area is.”

Click here if you want to learn more about Wakefield Council’s bold and exciting plans for the site.


Stada Video is an all-inclusive production hub based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. It looks after all media requirements, from corporate video right through to TV adverts. It has evolved over the years to service all branches of creative media, working to any budget or desired specifications.

For more information about Stada Video, contact client liaison Ben Cussons via email at, call 0113 403 2037, or alternatively visit the company headquarters at 581a Leeds Road, Wakefield, Outwood, WF1 2JL.

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