A Right Royal Conservation Project For Derry’s Walls

The Royal Bastion and Plinth of Derry
Credit: Walls Friends/Stephen Latimer
Students and teachers from local colleges (above) were given a preview of one of Londonderry's most historic monuments, which is reopening to the public following restoration and repair work carried out by Hamilton Architects.

The Royal Bastion and Plinth is part of the city's historic walls and will reopen in time for the 400-year Walled City anniversary celebrations later this year. The Department for Communities spent £155,000 on adapting the plinth for educational purposes.

Hamilton Architects were also responsible for the award-winning Walled City Lighting Project, completed in 2013, which saw the installation of a spectacular lighting system aimed at boosting tourism and the city’s evening economy.

Councillor Michaela Boyle, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, said the project allowed access for those to enjoy unique views of the city.

"It will enhance the public realm space in the area and assist in improving access to some of Ireland's most iconic ramparts," she said.

Work on the plinth, overseen by Hamilton Director & Specialist Conservation Architect Neil Moore, involved the creation of a new access point, an internal staircase and ornate railings.

Conservation work to the historic fabric of the bastion walls was also carried out.

Derry's famous walls were built between 1613 and 1619 as defences for early 17th Century settlers from England and Scotland. By 1619, 92 houses, including a schoolhouse, had been built within the walls, housing 102 families. Many of the inhabitants were part-time farmers.

Hamilton Architects have delivered some of the most outstanding historic conservation projects in Ireland, including Enniskillen Castle Museum, Armagh Gaol, Clotworthy House, Crumlin Road Gaol Visitors Centre, Parliament Buildings and John Bell House.