The historic entrance to a Gwynedd college campus has had a meticulous £65,000 facelift.
The 19th-century archway at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Glynllifon site has undergone several repairs, improvements and re-decoration as part of the revamp to improve safety as well as maintain and preserve the structure's impressive appearance.
A CADW spokesperson called it:
An excellent example of conservation principles in action, halting the decay of this dramatic historic asset and conserving it for the benefit of future generations.
The dramatic Grade II* listed building serves as the main entrance to the Glynllifon Park, near Caernarfon, where the agriculture-focused Glynllifon college campus is located.
Taking the form of what is described as a "Triumphal Arch", the structure dates back to the mid-19th century with some additions and alterations in 1900.
The lion that crowns the Arch is understood to have been installed from the farm in the late 1800s.
Grŵp Llandrillo-Menai Estates Manager Sam Faire said:
There have been significant sympathetic and essential renovations carried out as part of this project.
The work was important for a number of reasons.
It has improved safety for the users of Parc Glynllifon, it has helped maintain and protect a valuable historical feature and local landmark for future generations, and also improved the appearance and aesthetics of the entrance into Parc Glynllifon.
The work was carried out by The Natural Building Centre with Capita Symonds and Jeff St Paul serving as consultants.
It involved stabilising and restoring the crowning lion's head, which was coming away from its body, as well as repairs and decoration to the two eagles that flank the lion.
There was also a thorough, detailed removal of the old failed waterproof coating which was then replaced with a "detailed lead work" as would have originally adorned the structure.
Renovators also had to painstakingly remove several layers of paint across the structure, while repairs were made to the render and decorative pieces.
To finish off, the archway was given a complete re-decoration and all lighting was replaced and enhanced.
The project cost about £65,000 and was completed in the tail end of 2018.
Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor is now looking to develop a new Animal Studies Centre at the Victorian-era piggery outbuildings on the Glynllifon site.
The project is currently going through planning and is hoped to be up and running by September 2019.
For more information about courses at Glynllifon, visits www.gllm.ac.uk/courses.