Unlocking Amazing Heritage For You
Construction works have now started for our major new Command of the Oceans project.
This exciting project will:
• unlock access to amazing heritage, history and stories of the dockyard of the age of sail through four new museum galleries centred on the conservation, long-term preservation and interpretation of the NAMUR, the ‘ship beneath the floor’ archaeological find, a highly significant Chatham-built warship of the heyday of the age of sail.
• deliver a new visitor arrival experience to both the Historic Dockyard and Chatham’s wider naval and military historic sites through the repair and restoration of 4.5 hectares of historic landscape, with new undercover car parking, entrance, discovery centre, restaurant and shop.
The Historic Dockyard’s Ropery, museum galleries, historic ships and other attractions remain open as usual and are not affected by any of these works. However there may be some slight disruption to some of our normal visitor facilities whilst we make these dramatic improvements with first class temporary facilities for ticketing and admissions; catering, and Dockyard Shop in place for the 2015 visitor season.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Command of the Oceans Project Update: 30th October 2014
On Monday 3rd November we will move our current visitor reception to our alternative reception which is adjacent to the free visitor parking in No5 Slip. Signage is in place to guide you to the car park and visitor reception. This move is necessary to enable us to start work on our new visitor reception building which will be completed by Easter 2016 and it also enables us to start improving our overflow car parking facilities.
Our works programme is progressing to plan with the Brunel Canal retaining walls completed, the new broadwalks taking shape and by mid-November we will have an new approach road in use. You may notice the large granite copings which are running down the side of our new broadwalk leading to the Brunel canal which defines where the South Mast Pond wall is.
Over the next month we’ll be completing the broadwalks running between the Encore Hotel and our Wheelwrights building which will include a bridge link over the canal, continuing with the car park works and starting to build the foundations for the new play area enclosure. The contract for the new visitor entrance, café and exhibitions has been let and works commence on those buildings on 11th November 2014. Exciting times!