USL was appointed as Principal Contractor for the Conquest and Consequences Project at Battle Abbey. As the main objective, the English Heritage Trust wished to refresh the visitor interpretation and experience of this remarkable Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The outstanding 14th century Gatehouse formed the focus of the new scheme. An innovative public viewing access to the roof was created by repairing the stone turret staircases and prefabricating and installing a specially designed freestanding observation deck, giving breath-taking views over the battlefield and the town.
The works included, sensitive restoration to the crumbling 14th-century stone staircases leading to the gatehouse roof, and a new wooden platform built over the lead roof surface. The installation of the new deck comprised of steel supports with Duradeck boards and new steel balustrading.
For the first time, visitors are able to stand on the roof of Battle Abbey’s Great Gatehouse – founded by William the Conqueror on the site of battlefield and get a whole new, 360-degree perspective on the surrounding landscape where fierce fighting raged on 14 October 1066.
All works were carried out whilst the site remained open to the public and grounds continued to be accessible for the adjacent school.
“It’s almost the only spot from which you can make any sense of the accounts of the battle.” (Battle of 1066)