Consultant hired to provide heritage planning at site containing Victorian Fort Burgoyne

Capita Symonds has been appointed by the Homes and Communities Agency to provide heritage planning and advisory services on the Connaught Barracks redevelopment project in Dover.

The Barracks site contains a large Victorian land fort known as Fort Burgoyne, a Scheduled Ancient Monument considered to be of national significance in terms of its heritage value.

Capita will be working on the project which will comprise 500 new residential units across the site and the potential conversion of the historic Fort for a variety of new community, small scale commercial, education, training and heritage uses.

Originally known as Castle Hill Fort, Fort Burgoyne, was built in the 1860s to guard the high ground northeast of Dover. Built to a polygonal system with detached eastern and western redoubts, it has provided service through both World Wars. Its most recent use has been as a storage facility for the wider MOD Connaught Barracks site.

Located adjacent to Dover Castle in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the site covers a total area of 54.5 hectares, of which 12.5 hectares have been earmarked for development.

As the Fort is located in the centre of the developable site, the project will utilise the historic building structures to complement and enhance the setting and character of the site providing a positive impact on the immediate surroundings and the town in general.

John Daniel, of Capita Symonds, said: "Our submission for the provision of multidisciplinary services in connection with the works proposed to the Scheduled Monument was well received, resulting in our appointment to provide heritage advisory services.

"Through the production of a detailed feasibility scoping document which proposes an ‘eco-pod’ approach for the conversion of the historic barrack block, it is also hoped that this instruction will extend in the months ahead to the provision of other related services in connection with the repair and conversion works that are currently being considered at the Fort."