Roodee Interpretation Hub - 'The Wing'

Donald Insall Associates, Chester, 2012


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Installation and viewing platform on Chester's City Walls overlooking the racecourse

The wing-shaped canopy of the Roodee Interpretation Hub provides a viewpoint for visitors and tells the story of Chester’s history as one of Britain’s busiest ports.

Beneath the canopy is a cantilevered deck with seating, and innovative digital ‘binoculars’ that give an idea of how the Roodee looked in Roman and Medieval times. The canopy’s structure is made from Ductal, an ultra-lightweight fibre reinforced concrete with an exceptionally thin cover and smooth finish; this project is the first known use of Ductal in the UK.

The philosophy of the design has been to create contemporary minimal lines in contrast to the robust organic character of the red sandstone city walls. The Wing makes a significant, positive contribution to the centre and story of Chester and satisfies both the client brief and the requirements of the PORTICO grant funding to utilise the latest building techniques and materials to enhance the city’s heritage.


  • Begun: Nov 2011
  • Completed: Sep 2012
  • Floor area: 20m2
  • Sectors: Public realm, Civic
  • Total cost: £226,556
  • Funding: European Union funding via the PORTICO partnership of Chester, Ghent, Cologne, and Utrecht with the Initiatief Domplein Foundation
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works 2011
  • Address: Chester City Walls, Nuns Road, Chester, CH1, United Kingdom

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