Lincoln Castle scoops regional architecture award

The £22 million Lincoln Castle Revealed project has won a regional prize for architectural excellence.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Midlands annual awards held at the Nottingham Contemporary on April 27, praised the nine successful schemes for their quality and attention to detail.

Councillor Colin Davie and Councillor Nick Worth celebrating the opening day of Lincoln Castle after a £22 million revamp. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Councillor Colin Davie and Councillor Nick Worth celebrating the opening day of Lincoln Castle after a £22 million revamp. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

As previously reported, Lincoln Castle reopened to visitors on April 1, 2015 following Lincolnshire County Council’s project to restore it to its former glory.

The revamp included:

  • A new vault for Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest, which is the only place in the world where they can be viewed together
  • A Medieval Wall Walk, with accompanying audio guide
  • The Victorian Prison, previously closed to members of the public for decades
  • Archaeology uncovered during the works, including an internationally important Saxon sarcophagus, or stone coffin
  • A new castle shop and café, offering souvenirs, gifts and refreshments

Lucy Plumridge, regional jury chair, said: “The quality and attention to detail exhibited by the winning schemes was outstanding.

“Every scheme suited its end users perfectly, creating a sense of place and an aspirational environment.”

The winning buildings will now be considered for the national award in June.

RIBA Awards have been running for 50 years.