In 2019 Pritchard Architecture won a competitive tender to complete a feasibility study for Fort Rowner, a Grade II Listed Palmerston Fort in Gosport. The feasibility study includes a broad condition survey, mothballing strategy and options appraisal for the future development of the site. 

Fort Rowner was built between 1858 and 1862 as one of three identical forts to close off the gap between Fort Gomer and Fort Elson and protect the western approach to Portsmouth Harbour.

Built originally as one of the Palmerston Forts it has served much of its life as army barracks and still remains in military use. The whole site sits within the HMS Sultan Naval Base and whilst some parts are still occupied with various uses including caravan storage, nursery, storage and workshops, the fort is underused and many of the buildings are 'at risk'.  Gosport Borough Council secured funding to undertake a feasibility study that includes a broad condition survey of the buildings, mothballing strategy and an options appraisal for development of the site.

Project Details

  • Client: Gosport Borough Council

  • Designation: Grade II Listed Building

  • Funder: One Public Estate

  • QS: Michael Edwards Consultants Limited

  • Structural Engineer: SFK Consulting

  • Heritage Consultant: Conservation Plus

  • Valuation Surveyor: Keygrove

Clare Dawe