Gateway to Roman gardens is opened

Chester feature gateway to tourist attraction open

Caroline Drake - Donald Insall, Jane Hebblewhite and Paul Tudor - Cheshire West and Chester Council, Mike Johnson - Ramboll, Magnus Theobald - Cheshire West and Chester Council

A new feature gateway created in Chester’s Walls, giving access to the Roman gardens from Park Street, is now open.

Funded by the council and under the guidance of architects Donald Insall Associates, specialist contractors have inserted a structural steel tube to support the original gateway.

It was closed for a number of months because of concerns about its stability.

The work ensures the structural integrity of the Walls which are used by thousands of visitors each year and provides easy access into the gardens.

The gateway was first built into a medieval section of the Walls in the 1880s to provide an entrance to a public bowling green and the gardens were first laid out in 1949 to display the many Roman fragments discovered in Chester.

In 2000 the gardens were extended to provide a route to the River Dee and in 2012 they benefited from an extensive programme of improvements following on from the installation of three mosaics the year before.

Cllr Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, said: “The gateway provides a new feature access to the Roman Gardens from Park Street, which will be enjoyed by local residents and tourists.”

“Cheshire West and Chester Council has carried out a significant amount of repair and restoration to the Walls to ensure they are safe, and by providing information panels, signage and lighting, we have improved the experience for thousands of visitors and residents.”

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