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Restoring Fort Amherst

Thu 14 February 2019, 1:24 pm

The 18th century Fort Amherst in Chatham is being restored in a joint project between Medway Council and Fort Amherst Heritage Trust.

Command of the Heights has been funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project involves removing the Riverside One building to open up the lower end of the Barrier Ditch and creating a new waterside public realm area, as well as establishing a new pedestrian entrance to the fort, via Barrier Road, providing a better connection to the town centre in Chatham.

The Spur Battery, currently closed to the public, will be restored and transformed into an amphitheatre with seating for outdoor performances.

Once the works are completed in summer 2019 the Napoleonic fort will provide a high quality public space with enhanced access enabling visitors to better enjoy and learn about the area’s heritage. It will also restore the relationship to the river and the dockyard that the fort was built to protect.

Throughout the project there has been community involvement and events, including archaeological digs and there will be a special launch event later this year to celebrate the completion of the project and open it formally to the public.

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