Chester's City Walls team celebrate award


Staff reporter (Chester First)

CHESTER’S City Walls improvement project has scooped a coveted award.

The PORTICO project was awarded the heritage award 2014 in the North West Regional Construction Awards.

It has already received the Royal Town Planning Institute’s North West Conservation Award, and the works to the scheduled monument have been recognised by Constructing Excellence, the Centre for Construction Innovation North West.  

Cheshire West and Chester Council have worked in close partnership with Donald Insall Associates, Ramboll UK, and Grosvenor Construction during this creative conservation project.

PORTICO is a European Regional Development funded project and its objective is to make Chester City Walls and Towers one of the best urban heritage trails in Europe, through a series of restoration and improvement works.

The parts of the City Walls which have been improved and enhanced include:
l Morgan’s Mount

l King Charles Tower

l Thimbleby’s Tower

l Newgate

l Water Tower Complex

l Roodee (Racecourse) creation on the Walls of a view point interpretation hub
Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and economy said:  “I am absolutely delighted that we have won this award. It could not have been achieved without the dedicated hard work of an excellent team and partnership working.”

Chairman of Donald Insall Associates, Tony Barton said: “This is more recognition for what a committed and creative team can achieve in delivering excellent modern design and conservation, even on a scheduled monument.”

Cllr Samantha Dixon said: “The City Walls make a huge contribution to Chester’s economy and this project can only help reinforce the distinctiveness of Chester.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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