There is extensive investment in a new leisure centre and development underway to the north of Fort Brockhurst.
This offers an excellent opportunity to enhance the immediate setting of Fort Brockhurst and announce the significance of Gosport’s heritage through improved landscaping, signage and information panels promoting the area as the ‘Gateway to Gosport’s Fortifications’.
This will improve the public’s understanding of the location and the wider significance of the many fortifications in the area. It would also enhance Fort Brockhurst as a visitor attraction.
The project will focus on the land to the south and west of the fort which has been suffering from a degree of neglect and has an ‘untidy’ landscape. Within the area are earthworks associated with the fort and a pill box: both next to the busiest traffic route in the Borough and at the point Gosport’s outer line of fortifications, dating from the mid-19th century begin.
Interpretation panels would explain the extensive nature of fortifications in Gosport spanning the medieval era to the 20th Century explaining how they developed over time, and including reference to the WW2 pill box and tank traps to the north. Map regression work and possible air photograph transcription required.
Additionally GBC are keen to support English Heritage in exploring how they can maximise potential for the fort itself and aim to work closely with them to develop a strategy to bring more activity within the fort and seek regeneration opportunities.