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Pawson reveals plans to breathe new life into castle - images

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Terry Pawson has released the first concept images of his proposals to revamp the jaded visitor facilities at Hastings Castle.

The centrepiece of the scheme, which has been drawn up with Barton Engineers, will be a new Cor-ten steel bridge across the ravine between the Castle Mound and the West Hill (pictured above).

This link will effectively reinstate the old route into the dilapidated castle and, it is hoped, will help 'reinvigorate' the castle as part of the larger project 'to enhance the facilities and strengthen the interpretation for the public'.

Backed by Hastings Borough Council, Pawson's preliminary designs also include plans for a new visitor centre which will house a ticketing hall and exhibition space.

A spokesperson for the practice said: 'Despite the castle's firm place in English history, its visitor facilities have fallen into disrepair and visitor numbers have depleted.'

However, even though the council has given the proposals the initial thumbs-up, the scheme will need to secure the backing of English Heritage and land a substantial cash injection from the Heritage Lottery Fund if it is to get off the ground.

by Richard Waite

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