Chester's City Walls Portico Project wins prestigious award

2 June 2014

Chester’s City Walls PORTICO project has scooped the Heritage Award 2014 in the North West Regional Construction Awards.
 
It is already the recipient of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and 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:
 
  • Morgan’s Mount
  • King Charles Tower
  • Thimbleby’s Tower
  • Newgate
  • Water Tower Complex
  • Roodee (Racecourse) creation on the Walls of a view point interpretation hub
 
Representatives from the whole team collected the award against some stiff competition. 
 
Councillor 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.”
 
Added local Councillor Samantha Dixon: “The City Walls make a huge contribution to Chester’s economy and this project can only help reinforce the distinctiveness of Chester. My congratulations to everyone involved.” BBC presenter Stephanie McGovern, Magnus Theobald Project Manager for Portico Project CW&C Council, Rory Moore Director of Grosvenor Construction, Tony Barton, Chairman of Donald Insall Associates, Paul Maddison Senior Structural Engineer Ramboll UK, Will Mellor Director of Grosvenor Construction, Councillor Stuart Parker, Cormac Harte Principal Engineer Ramboll UK, Jane Hebblewhite, Senior Archaeologist, CW&C Council and one of the judges, David Kemp from NW Construction Awards 2014. 
BBC presenter Stephanie McGovern, Magnus Theobald Project Manager for Portico Project CW&C Council, Rory Moore Director of Grosvenor Construction, Tony Barton, Chairman of Donald Insall Associates, Paul Maddison Senior Structural Engineer Ramboll UK, Will Mellor Director of Grosvenor Construction, Councillor Stuart Parker, Cormac Harte Principal Engineer Ramboll UK, Jane Hebblewhite, Senior Archaeologist, CW&C Council and one of the judges, David Kemp from NW Construction Awards 2014.
 

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