Huge progress begins in restoration of Fort Burgoyne

26th August 2020

Repair and conservation works will start to take place at Fort Burgoyne next month in what will be a huge step forward for the restoration of the site.

The bridge leading over the moat into the fort will undergo essential repair works to ensure its stability.

Major conservation works will also take place to the casemates in the fort to commence the process of drying out and halting internal decay.

These works form a key part of an £2m stabilisation programme funded by an endowment from Homes England to the Land Trust.

The Fort’s Project Manager for the Land Trust, Chris Valdus, said: “Following a strange time this year in which we haven’t seen much activity at the fort, we’re absolutely delighted that these major works will be commencing on site.

“Luckily, we’ve been able to carry out wildlife surveys to confirm works can take place without harm to populations of bats on site meaning we can continue to work in harmony with the nature and landscape in the area.

“We know that the community is interested in this fantastic site being returned to its former glory and for people to be able to come and use this unique space, so this is a great step forward for us all.”

The historic fort in Dover has been under the management of national land management charity, the Land Trust, since 2014, who aims to restore and repurpose the fort and its surroundings for the benefit of the local community.

The works will be carried out by local contractors Hipperson under the management of project team comprised of Lee Evans Partnership, Betteridge and Milsom and CTP consulting engineers.

It is hoped that these works will bring the fort one step closer to being open for public use.

For more information on Fort Burgoyne, click here.

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