Sandsfoot Castle

Levitate, Weymouth, 2012


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Conservation of a ruined castle built by Henry VIII, including stonework repair and the insertion of a new lightweight walkway to reinstate public access

Sandsfoot Castle was built by Henry VIII, one of his artillery fortifications protecting the South Coast. Standing on the cliff edge, consistent coastal erosion caused the loss of fabric on the seaward side, it was closed to the public in the 1930s and placed on the EH Buildings at Risk register in the 1990s
The aim of the project was to provide a safe, conserved ruin accessible by the public. Work undertaken conserved the castle as found and inserted a new lightweight walkway, at the original ground floor level, reinstating access and encouraging local ownership of the site.

Designed for elegance and simplicity, the walkway sits within the ruin, making minimal contact with historic fabric and projects through a doorway on the seaward side, allowing a view of the protected Portland Harbour. The continuous oak handrail, supported by two rows of balusters, provides a comfortable place to lean and observe.


  • Begun: Jun 2011
  • Completed: Jun 2012
  • Floor area: 250m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £165,000
  • Funding: Heritage Lottery Fund and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council
  • Tender date: Mar 2011
  • Procurement: Traditional procurement, JCT Intermediate contract
  • Address: Sandsfoot Castle, Old Castle Road, Weymouth, DT4 8QG, United Kingdom

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