Fort Nelson transformed into museum for the 21st Century - Monday, 9 August 2010

A £3.5m project to transform the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson reaches a major milestone today (Monday, August 9) with the start of much-awaited building works.

National building company Mansell have been awarded a £2.25m contract to build visitor facilities and a breathtaking new glass-fronted gallery at the free heritage attraction near Fareham, Hampshire.

The project – part funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of almost £2m – will see the Victorian Fort refurbished sympathetically into a modern visitor attraction, complete with state-of-the art education facilities including a “classroom of the future”.

Ground clearance work and pre-construction work has been continuing apace at the Portsdown Hill site since the Spring. The major construction phase begins today, when work starts on the visitor admissions complex.

The Fort remains open throughout the building phase – with a full programme of public events including the popular children’s summer holiday programme. Project completion is scheduled for May 2011.

Royal Armouries Museum Director Peter Armstrong said, ”We are delighted to confirm that we’ve signed a £2.25m contract with Mansell and the work gets underway with a vengeance this week. We are all really excited by this far-reaching and ambitious project, which will create much-needed visitor facilities and galleries with a guaranteed wow factor. It will be a huge boost for the local economy, both during the construction phase and to the tourist industry for years to come.

“Every effort will be made to keep any disruption to a bare minimum during construction and the Fort will open as normal – it’s very much business as usual.”
Fort Nelson houses the national collection of historic cannon and artillery. The overall revamp includes:

The Fort Nelson scheme will be project managed by Greenwood Projects Ltd.

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Notes to editors

Reporters and photographers are welcome at the event, please call in advance if possible. The fort is steeped in history and a tailored guided tour can be arranged. If you would like copies of photographs of past activities please email or call using the details below.

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