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    Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust


    Chatham, Kent



    Spread over an area of 4.5 hectares, Knights Brown was appointed to construct the public realm works which comprised walkways, children’s play area, excavation of the Brunel canal entrance, access road, visitor car park, and the archaeological interpretation of the South Mast Pond, the oldest intact structure on the site.

    Because of the site’s historical importance, all excavations and earthwork activities required the supervision of archaeologists. The largest being the Brunel canal entrance where a Victorian pump and lock gate were discovered.

    The works were delivered in phases to accommodate the visitors and business operations while providing uninterrupted access to the 250 residents that live in the dockyard.

    Command of the Oceans has since won three RIBA awards:
    • RIBA South East Regional Award 2017
    • RIBA South East Conservation Award 2017
    • RIBA South East Building of the Year Award 2017

    The judges for the regional awards said

    This project is a champion for progressive conservation, inventive re-use and adaptation of existing fabric. The importance of the historic fabric has been clearly understood, which has allowed freedom in other areas to change the circulation and the reading of the buildings to give the whole complex of buildings a new lease of life

    our sectors

    Knights Brown performed very well on this project in terms of quality, cost and time. The team worked very well as part of an integrated delivery team with the Employer to the benefit of the project

    - Marc Bryan, Portsmouth City Council

    Sites are always very well presented. First impressions count and if a site looks well organised and clean when you arrive then generally this is applied throughout the management of the projects. Indeed, all five projects I am Cummins PM for, have been managed to a high standard and equally the safety records and standards are very good.

    - Iain Brooks, Cummins

    Site staff were pleased to have had Knights Brown on the team, they were proactive from day one to the end towards potential issues and responsive to a changing site environment for works.

    - David Sheldon, Cummins