Lincoln Castle is a historic site which has been around for centuries, dating as far back as 60AD. In 1068, two years after the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror began building Lincoln Castle on a site occupied since Roman times and since this time the site has been used as a court and prison (the main focus for tourists) for around 900 years.
A new project is now underway at the castle and comprises the refurbishment of both prison buildings opening the previously-closed Victorian male prison to the public for the first time in many years.
During the course of the project, the castle walls will be repaired with a brand new wall walk circuit installed, providing easier access for each of the tourists, including disabled access. This aspect of the project will be accompanied by a new cafe, shop, toilets and education space also with disabled access improvements.
The final stage of the renovation will grant access into the grounds through the East and West Gates, which will become free for visitors during daylight hours.
The renovation which began around 10 years ago is due to be completed in 2015, in time for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary. At an estimated value of £19.9million – raised by a variety of fundraising schemes and with help from the Lincolnshire County Council – this ancient landmark is of significant importance for the community of Lincoln.
Once work on Lincoln Castle is complete, tourism in Lincoln is set to increase, resulting in £36-68 million increase for the tourism economy, whilst approximately 1000 new jobs will be created for the local community.
The conservation architects for this project are Arrol and Snell who were appointed back in 2009 and have been leading the design team, which includes structural, mechanical and electrical engineers and archaeologists.
Arrol & Snell have gained a reputation for high quality repairs for projects in historic locations. Many other specialists have been involved in the project all with vast experience working on historical buildings.