Plans have been unveiled to knock down and redevelop a 30 mile section of Hadrian’s Wall.
The £500 million Government scheme will provide a much needed boost for the construction industry.
The Government has said the UK will “build its way out of a recession” and the Hadrian’s Wall plans are the latest investment to back that pledge.
Tenders will be invited to “tastefully redevelop” one of the world’s great monuments.
A 30 mile stretch has been highlighted as having potential for refurbishment, with the aim of boosting tourism in the area.
At the heart of the plans are the transformation of Housesteads, one of the forts along the 73 mile wall.
The fort will be converted into a luxury Roman-style hotel complete with authentic spa baths.
Hadrian’s Wall was originally built in AD 122. English Heritage has described it as “the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain”.
A Government official said: “Hadrian’s Wall is a world renowned monument. It is our intention to restore that monument to its former glory.
“Hopefully we can improve it a little as well.”