Public invited to have a look at a £1.2m flat in Fort Gilkicker

Fort Gilkicker
Fort Gilkicker

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FANCY the chance to have a look at £1.2m luxury homes set within a former Royal Navy fort?

The public is being invited to take a peep at the £20m restoration of Gosport’s Fort Gilkicker into 26 exclusive beachside homes.

A computer-generated image of what the interiors of the Gilkicker flats could look like

A computer-generated image of what the interiors of the Gilkicker flats could look like

The fort was formerly a powerful military base that was designed to sweep approaches to Portsmouth Harbour with gunfire.

It was left derelict for decades, but is now set to be transformed into a collection of homes with three to four-bedrooms. Each one will have a sun deck for homeowners to relax on as they gaze out across the Solent.

As painstaking work on the restoration continues, the public are being invited in to see Wild Boar Developments’ early progress on the Grade II-listed site during an open day on April 22.

Andrew Temperton, from Wild Boar Properties Ltd, said: ‘There are no other residential developments in the UK like this one – it is an absolute honour to transform such a historic monument, bring it into the 21st century and create homes for those looking for an exclusive and sporting lifestyle in a unique and tranquil environment.

There are no other residential developments in the UK like this one

Andrew Temperton of Wild Boar Developments

‘As a team, we are looking forward to working with our buyers to ensure they have a say in the key elements of design and interiors to suit their personal taste.

‘Fort Gilkicker offers purchasers a chance to put their individual stamp on a piece of British history. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are looking forward to welcoming both local and prospective purchasers to give them a backstage pass into the redevelopment and further information on the scheme.’

Gosport Borough Council first gave planning permission to convert the flat into homes back in 2001, but a developer was not found during the allotted period.

As revealed in The News last year, police were called to the fort more than three times a week during the summer holidays last year as children used to explore the formerly dangerous site.

Information supplied through a Freedom of Information request revealed that Hampshire police recorded 21 incidents at the site between July 19 and September 7.

Now the site is fully under control, security has been tightened.

The fort will be open to people from 10am until midday and prospective buyers from 1pm until 4pm.

To find out more and to book your space for a tour, call Humberts on 020 7594 4746 or visit fortgilkicker for more information.

Prices for the flats at the fort will start at £1.2m, with the first occupants expected to be able to move in from next year.