Portico – Chester City Walls wins RTPI/IHBC Award for Conservation
January 29, 2014
Donald Insall Associates’ series of interventions into Chester’s Grade 1 listed city walls has won the Institute for Historic Building Conservation / Royal Town Planning Institute Award for Conservation.
The judging panel was “impressed with the careful attention paid to the design of all elements of the project, the innovative use of materials within a highly sensitive historic environment, and successful completion of the work on site – all in all, an excellent example of practical urban conservation.”
The project has both restored the wall’s fabric and introduced new shelters, seating and innovative interpretation at key points around the walls, and will help realise Chester’s aim to be a ‘must see’ European destination. This award recognises the key part that the City Walls play in Chester and demonstrates that even Scheduled Monuments can be changed and enhanced through good and appropriate modern design.
Councillor Stuart Parker, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Economy said: “To win this award from the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation is an honour. It has been a real team effort and an excellent example of partnership working.”