Sandsfoot Castle dates back to 1539 and underwent numerous repairs during the following 100 years due, in part, to coastal erosion and undermining by the sea.
Most of the Castle has fallen into the sea and the remaining ruins have been grade II* listed since 1953.
In early 2011, Heritage Lottery Funding enabled the Castle to be restored so it could be opened to the public.
The restoration work consisted of stabilisation of the masonry and the construction of an internal walkway that follows the inside of the walls. This walkway design was considered with care to lessen the impact on the ruin. A small viewing gallery was also created, overlooking Portland Harbour and the area of the gun platform, which had fallen into the sea many centuries ago.
The restoration work was completed in 2012, in time for the Olympic Games when the sailing events took place at the Isle of Portland.
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council
Jo Hibbert – Levitate
Weymouth Civic Society Awards – Winner of the Special Award