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Fort Victoria

Fort Victoria

Westhill Lane, Norton, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0RR

Value: £268,000
Contract: JCT Intermediate Form of Contract 2011
Duration: 6 Months

Fort Victoria was built in the 1850s and was designed to defend Sconce Point at the Western entrance to the Solent, opposite Hurst Castle on the Isle of Wight. Over the years the fort had fallen into disrepair and was in need of some major work. The local authority and English Heritage carried out a survey report which led to the creation of a stabilisation and refurbishment plan. Walker Construction was appointed to carry out the works due to our experience in Heritage and Restoration works.

Before any works commenced a detailed programme was produced with the help of the project teams detailing timescales and locations of work, while taking into account essential advice and agreements as listed below. The additional programming that was also taken into account was that some of the casemates were being used for small businesses.

Ancient Monument (Licence) English Heritage (Agreement) Archaeological (Surveys) Ecology (Licence to dig) Photographic (Survey)

All the work that was carried out on the fort was approved and monitored by English Heritages and the local heritage officer. The existing ranger office and toilets were stripped out and then structural and brickwork repairs were carried out. New toilet facilities were installed for visitors along with a visitor centre and a new office for the local ranger. The brickwork was repointed and repairs made where necessary, then the brickwork was cleaned to remove hundreds of years of dirt, mould and grime. This was carried out by using specialist high pressure steam equipment that has been approved for use on heritage building. The steam cleans the brick face and kills the mould that gets trapped into the recesses thus prolonging the life of the building and bringing its look back to a respectable state. All of the windows and doors were repaired, treated and decorated and timber cladding was installed to give the building a much needed facelift without affecting the heritage or look of the fort.

The project was completed on time and within budget, this was possible due to the collaboration of all parties involved with the project.

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