Client: RSPB (Northward Hill Reserve)
Completed: 2022
Category: Ruins
Contract Duration: 4 Weeks
Architect:
What we did...
  • Conservation Repairs
  • Conservation Repairs Remedial Works to Overhanging Concrete & Brickwork

USL had the pleasure of working in partnership with The Morton Partnership and The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to undertake sensitive repair works at Shoremead Fort in Kent.

Although, the ruined fort, is not a Scheduled Ancient Monument nor Listed Building, it is still considered a non-designated heritage asset, landmark and a place of local interest. This fort was one of a number built to protect the Thames Estuary in the late 19th Century, after the Royal Commission of the country’s defences, although it is built of the site of an earlier battery. Unfortunately, much of the fort, including the barrack block, was demolished in the 1960s, and only the fronts of the casemates and underground passages and magazines remain.

Today, this interesting site is under the care of the RSPB - Shorne Marshes Nature Reserve. Works Undertaken Associated with Arch 11, our team carried out essential repair works including cutting back of overhanging concrete and brickwork to a position where the material was not in danger of falling.

Following assessments by RSPB’s structural engineers, the area was deemed at risk of being unsafe and requiring urgent remedial works. USL ensured the site was made secure through the process of defrassing all loose surface material, filling voids, removal of redun-dant steel fixings and the stabilisation of the arch soffit. All works were carried out in close partnership with RSPB and ecologists, following detailed assessments of the surrounding area and underground structure for bats and wildlife.

 

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