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Funding boost celebrates Chatham heritage

by Marco Cillario Fri 31 March 2017, 11:18 am

An archaeological exploration and heritage regeneration project is to be implemented in Chatham, after the Heritage Lottery Fund granted almost 1.8 million for plans lodged by Medway Council and Fort Amherst Heritage Trust.

Command of the Heights will see the demolition of Riverside One, which sits within the walls of the Barrier Ditch, built during the Seven Years War (1754-1763).

New public realm will be designed by landscape architect, MeiLoci, overseeing the reopening of the Barrier Bridge and road entrance to the fort and the restoration of the Spur Battery, which will deliver an amphitheatre. 

“There is a lot to learn about the area’s military and naval history, and through Command of the Heights, we hope to capture the imagination of Medway residents and those from further afield,” said Councillor Rodney Chambers, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for inward investment, strategic regeneration and partnerships.

The plans, already awarded £214,000 by HLF in June 2015, will also involve the creation of a new entrance to Fort Amherst from Chatham town centre, in addition to the restoration of the Spur Battery - the highest part of Chatham within Fort Amherst. 

The amphitheatre (CGI above) will be used for outdoor performances. The restoration will also open up more public green space at Great Lines Heritage Park.

Works on the project will begin in January 2018 and are expected to be completed by June 2020.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s Fitted Rigging House project has also received National Lottery support of £4.8 million.

The project will see the conversion of a Grade I-listed building into a rental and volunteer centre.

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