Walmgate Bar, the most complete of the four main medieval gateways into the City of York – and the only one to retain its barbican, portcullis and inner doors has recently undergone a major programme of restoration work dating back to the 12th century.
Working alongside the City of York Council, Houghtons of York were selected to undertake the delicate repair work. Accoya was selected as the ideal wood to be used for the cornices. After detailed surveys the new Accoya woodwork was reinstated to match all of the originals. A new decked area was also created at roof level for use by visitors to the café who occupy the building allowing views across the city skyline.
The project has also been awarded: both an Institution of Civil Engineers Certificate of Excellence / John Fowler Award and was the winning entry for Conservation & Restoration’ in the 2016 York Design Awards.