Fort Richmond accommodation plans released

Fort Richmond
Image caption The barracks are the only remaining of three built along the island's shoreline

Plans to convert a Victorian barracks into residential accommodation have been announced.

The proposals at Fort Richmond, on Guernsey's west coast, have been made by the Treasury and Resources Department.

If successful it intends to put the site up for sale as part of a larger plan to sell off unused buildings.

Funds generated from the sale of the fort will be added to the capital reserve, which funds States' projects.

The fort, which never saw action, was used for social housing before World War One.

Helen Glencross, historic sites curator, said: "The building has been neglected for quite a long time, it hasn't been in use since the 1980s.

"It was built at the same time as the barracks at Fort Hommet and Fort Le Marchant, but this is the only one that remains standing.

"A lot of original features remain inside... and certainly the external appearance will have to be respected."

Fort Richmond

  • A gun battery was built on the site in the late 18th Century
  • It was upgraded to defensible artillery barracks in 1856, but it was no longer in use by the end of 19th Century
  • Ownership of the site varied between the War Office and the States during the early 20th century, but has been owned by the island since 1922
  • The fort was altered by the occupying German forces during World War Two
  • During the post-war period and up to the mid-1990s it was used initially for social housing and then by different clubs. Since that time the Fort has remained unoccupied
  • The fort is a protected building and the rest of the site is a protected monument

"It's been in a state of dilapidation for years and it does cost money to maintain the property, even in its current state, so that's not really good use of public funds," said Deputy Tony Spruce, chairman of the property services sub-committee.

He said it was unclear how much money could be raised by the sale as it depended on what plans were approved, if a move to include the site on the open market register was passed and the housing market.

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