Conservation work to begin at heritage attraction

Hugh Broughton Architects and English Heritage have announced work will start on Monday 23 November at the historic site of Clifford’s Tower in York.

They have received Scheduled Monument Consent and appointed contractor Simpson (York) Ltd.

The design scheme is the outcome of a revised brief in response to a public campaign in 2017.

It incorporates conservation works and architectural improvements to enhance the visitor experience at the fortified tower of medieval York Castle, by upgrading access and creating an interpretation scheme within the tower.

Alongside the conservation works to the historic fabric, such as restoring the chapel and repairing and re-cladding the roof, the project introduces a series of enhancements.

These will include a new timber deck supported on four timber columns within the tower, with amphitheatre seating for group activity and lightweight suspended walkways, which will provide access to previously unseen features and double the access to roof level.

Outside the tower, an enlarged public area and new resting places will be created. The tower will reopen to the public in summer 2021.