Planning applications to restore the Gothic Prospect Tower at Alton Towers Resort have been approved.

Submitted on Christmas Eve 2014, the applications seeked permission to repair the masonry and cast iron structure.

The proposed look for the tower once restoration work is complete

The proposed look for the tower once restoration work is complete

Pugin Red, Cornish Clay and Grass Green are the three striking colours that offer a fresh breath of life to the Grade II* listed structure, which sits atop Thompson’s Rock near the Forbidden Valley Skyride station.

The colour scheme of the restored tower will feature heavy resemblance to a previous incarnation, before the tower was completely painted white and gold which can be viewed today.

The restoration work will also include replacing the aging timber doors and window frames, as well as repairing the paved area surrounding the structure.

The Gothic Prospect Tower as it looks today. Image credit: geograph.org

The Gothic Prospect Tower as it looks today. Image credit: geograph.org

The decorative cast iron balcony railings that originally occupied the first and second floor of the tower will also be reinstated as part of the work.

The tower originates from 1824 and can be seen overlooking the Gardens from various angles across the theme park.

The tower in its original striking red colour.

The tower in its original striking red colour.

Work on the restoration is set to begin in February 2015 and will last for approximately 16 weeks.


Dan Wright

Dan is a graduate Journalism student who has been writing for Airgates since 2015. His passion and knowledge for the theme park industry sees him visiting theme parks across the world each year, mainly in Europe. Dan has appeared on behalf of Airgates on BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Sheffield to part with his theme park/roller coaster knowledge to a public audience.

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