The City of Lincoln got it right when they built their Magna Carta building inside the grounds of Lincoln Castle, it blends very well into its surroundings and can hardly be seen when viewing from the heights of the castles walls. There would have been uproar, and quite rightly so, if they had dug into the foundations of the magnificent Lucy Tower.
Why take a great chunk out of the Clifford Tower when it could be built next to it, as you can see has been done in my image of the Lucy Tower?
It is possible to build new buildings to educate and inform without knocking about existing buildings. English Heritage do a fine job looking after our old ruins that have seen better days, without such organisations they would be no more, however things are changing.
An article in today's Guardian states:
"In 1983, the Conservative government decided to transfer the entire collection to a new body called, after some tinkering, English Heritage. In April 2015 that organisation became a charitable trust and was handed an £80m lump sum, around a third of which is for capital investment. “It’s an opportunity to be more imaginative and a bit bolder,” said Ashbee.
Clifford’s Tower is the first site to benefit, or suffer, from that new investment, but others are soon to follow. Framlingham Castle in Suffolk is to get a £1.2m makeover while at Tintagel a £4m bridge is planned. Judging from the Merlin’s face furore, and now the judicial review on Clifford’s Tower, the change to a bolder style of heritage may yet end in ruins."
Protecting our heritage and making a profit can run hand in hand, but not at the expense of glorified vandalism.
NB: Since writing this I have discovered that plans have been scrapped and York City Council are putting together a plan for the whole area.