In 2009 Arrol Architects was appointed as architect for major works to Lincoln Castle, a site of national and international significance, which provides an opportunity to explore and enjoy almost 1000 years of built history in the context of one of England’s most important historic cities.
The existing elements of the castle include the ancient walls and towers, 18th and 19th century prison buildings and an original of Magna Carta. A Heritage Lottery funded project has now been completed to improve both physical and intellectual access to all areas of the castle and has dramatically improved its visitor status within the town and secured a sustainable future for the castle. The repair process involved very careful analysis of the repair problems and in depth consultations with Historic England.
The project also required careful analysis of visitor movements and a complete access audit; the new lift tower provides disabled access to the east wall with magnificent views towards the cathedral and surrounding countryside. A series of bridges and staircases have been provided to create a complete wall walk circuit and the new stainless steel balustrading has been sensitively designed to avoid any harm to the architecture and historic importance of the castle.