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A Grade I Listed building, Fort Nelson was built in the 1860’s as a garrison for 200 volunteers and regular army officers who would have staffed the Fort in time of war. In 1938, it was converted to an area anti-aircraft ammunition store with ten large magazines. Today, Fort Nelson is a museum and part of the Royal Armouries, housing their collection of artillery.

photo showing work completed for fort nelson in portsmouth
photo showing work completed for fort nelson in portsmouth
photo showing work completed for fort nelson in portsmouth

Scope of Works

  • External redecorations
  • Timber and carpentry repairs
  • Epoxy resin repairs

Duration

10 Weeks

Following a tendering exercise with Hampshire County Council (HCC), we were very pleased to secure the redecorations to this Grade I Listed building.

The Fort is open to the public daily – to facilitate this, all operatives completed a full Site Safety Induction before being permitted to start works on site, supported by systems of safe delivery (risk assessments, method statements and Construction Phase Plan) in compliance with CDM 2015 and HASAWA 1974, so as not to affect the public’s enjoyment of the Fort whilst ensuring their safety. Each area of work is segregated with safety signage displayed which allows the public to safely navigate around our activities.

The Fort is extremely exposed to the elements, and as such requires extensive timber repairs that must match the form and profile of the original timbers. Each stage of the repairs and redecoration is planned and overseen by the HCC Conservation Officer to ensure we complete the works as required for a Grade I Listed Building, whilst achieving longevity and the prevention of further deterioration. Emphasis is given to the most vulnerable timber elements that cause an acceleration in timber decay. We are trained in the use of specialist resins that stabilise the timbers and once repaired and painted, cannot be seen.

Weekly, and attended by our Head of Operations, a full site review on quality, progress, and site safety, including COVID-19 compliance, is undertaken between us and the client. During the meetings each new phase of works is agreed with strategically important aspects of the next phase planned to ensure total safeguarding of the Fort’s heritage, the public and in recognition to those fallen military personnel.

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