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Chester landmark put in spotlight

Published date: 21 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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ONE of Chester’s key gateways has been illuminated thanks to the installation of new architectural lighting.

Newgate Bridge, which forms part of the city’s iconic Walls and overlooks the Roman Amphitheatre, is now lit up each evening after a year-long facelift as part of the ‘Portico’ project which aims to help improve its offer to tourists and city residents.

Thanks to the new lighting, the monument comes to life at night as the archway of the bridge is lit with colour changing LED lights illuminating the interior of the arch.

The bridge has been lit with a series of ground- mounted uplighters and spotlights which provide subtle illumination and helps to emphasise the architectural detail of the bridge, including its three sets of coat of arms.

The lighting also extends to the Wolfgate arch and the ruins in the park, which was the original gate to the city in this area, and to the ruins of the South East Angle Tower located next to the Newgate.

Spotlights have been installed on nearby street lights columns which pick out the heraldry work over the Newgate arch.

Cllr Lynn Riley said: “This scheme continues a programme of significant investment in Chester’s heritage and the new lighting has been designed to highlight the city’s wonderful monuments and add to Chester’s ambience during the evenings.

“Showing off the city to its best is good news for residents as well as our many tourists.

“I’m sure it will be enjoyed and be as successful as our other projects at the Eastgate Clock, the suspension bridge and amphitheatre.”

The project involved Chester Renaissance working in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council with Bam Nuttall as the main contractor.

Newgate was designed by Sir Walter and Michael Tapper. Built of reinforced concrete and faced with red sandstone, it was opened in 1938. It has a single wide archway flanked by towers and is a fine example of 1930s Gothic Revival architecture.

Labour councillor for Chester city centre, Samantha Dixon, added: “Highlighting the city’s iconic architecture during the evening add’s to Chester’s character.

“The lighting helps to extend the welcome to day and night-time visitors, allowing them to still be able to view the city’s historic buildings and attractions during the evening.”

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