RCL Construction were commissioned to build steps from the Roman City walls leading to the Chester Cathedral Falconry centre and Deans garden.
Planning and listed building consent were required for the oak and metal mesh staircase as well as scheduled ancient monument consent from Historic England. That’s because this section of the walls is a scheduled monument and grade I listed.
The steps also sit on the Abbey Green Roman site, which is also a scheduled monument due to its archaeological significance, as the site was once home to the vast barrack blocks which housed the Roman soldiers of fortress Deva, the largest Roman fortress in Britain. The area is currently the subject of a community archaeology project.
Due to the significance of the walls, the design of the stairs is free-standing, with no means of support from the walls. And because of the importance of the Roman remains, the design minimises the requirement to excavate for foundations.