Turret Gateway Leicester

Turret Gateway, built in 1422, is a Grade I* listed monument in Leicester’s city centre and is the gateway to the south entrance of the inner bailey of the Castle. It survives as a two-storey stone building with an arched gate passage and a portcullis chamber above. A third storey was destroyed in an election riot in 1832.

Project Summary

Turret Gateway’s semi-ruinous remains were previously on the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register, with vegetation being the main cause of damage.

Messenger was awarded the contract to complete works to conserve and restore the gateway. Most of this involved re-pointing open joints with lime mortar, but there were also many areas that had structural cracking, which were repaired with bespoke stainless-steel ties.

As a result of the conservation works, the building is no longer deemed at risk, as it nears its 600-year anniversary.

Client:

Leicester City Council

Architect:

N/A

Duration:

16 weeks

Completion:

January 2019

Value:

£145k

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